Hurricane Matthew/Haiti Update from All Hands Volunteers
Fonds-des-Blancs, Haiti – All Hands Volunteers reports that its DART team has arrived in Fonds-des-Blancs, Haiti, where the team is coordinating with the St. Boniface Hospital and hospital foundation to provide immediate assistance in the region served by the hospital. Initial work is expected to include delivery of medical supplies and necessities, as well as clearing mud and wreckage from the clinics operated by the hospital along the southern coast between Le Cayes and Aquin. The organization, which spent two years clearing rubble and building earthquake resilient schools in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has also been asked to lend help in other decimated areas, where it will work in concert with local partners as well. As a volunteer organization with already over 300 volunteers in the queue, All Hands brings professionally managed labor capacity to a situation where labor intensive work such as road clearing, debris removal, and shelter construction are crucial. Volunteers will be brought in after search and rescue are wrapping up, when their presence can be highly productive.