Hurricane Matthew Devastates Haiti!


img_6028Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, made landfall in Haiti early on October 4, hammering the island with heavy rain, powerful winds, and dangerous storm surges. The storm ripped off roofs, destroyed homes, and flooded entire villages. At least 900 people have been confirmed dead, but the death toll continues to rise as officials gain access to villages that had been cut off from the rest of Haiti.

A CAM staff member who flew over southern Haiti on Friday estimated that, in the worst area, “85 percent of houses are flattened, gone, scattered to the winds. He said, “It looks like a war zone.” Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed.

from-sharolynNow that the storm has calmed, Haitians are trying to pull themselves together and begin cleanup. One man said he was going to the woods to look for his goats. Many animals died in the hurricane, which is a huge loss to impoverished Haitians who depend on their livestock for future income.

In addition, their crops are destroyed. “Their corn that was about at tasseling point is gone — they can’t depend on that. Fruit is knocked off the trees,” said a CAM contact in Haiti. Food sources are completely wiped out. Because of these losses, survival will be even more difficult in coming months.

One report from our staff said that in some ways the effects of the hurricane are “worse than the 2010 earthquake.”

CAM is starting a large-scale crisis project. Initial emergency aid will include an air shipment of tarps and water purification tablets, as well as distribution of food, roofing materials, medical supplies, and seeds. Much of our response will focus on long-term recovery, including rebuilding and repairing houses. We hope to help people in the mountains who are often neglected and the last to receive aid.

across-street-from-food-dropThe future looks grim for many impoverished Haitians who lost all they had in the storm. On top of their immediate emergency needs, they now face the fear of deadly cholera and mosquito-borne diseases.

Please pray for Haitians who are suffering from Hurricane Matthew and for our staff members as they investigate needs and distribute emergency aid. If you wish to help hurricane victims, your gift will be a blessing.





Many Canadians anticipate winter and what comes with it—relaxing evenings in a cozy house, a fire to ward off chills, hot chocolate, and falling snow. But in Eastern Europe, winters aren’t welcomed with such anticipation.

In Romania, firewood prices are steadily increasing, and many people in poor rural areas wonder how they will stay warm this winter. Will they be able to afford firewood without giving up their food money?

Their options are limited. Romanian law limits the amount of firewood that can be cut and requires a permit to cut it. Wood is available to buy but is unaffordable for many rural families. In some cases, natural gas would actually be cheaper than wood. Unfortunately though, it’s usually available only in cities and larger villages.

To create a bit of heat in the bitter cold, some people save corncobs, dried cow manure mixed with straw, sunflower stalks, or corn stalks. Many of them are able to heat only one room in their houses. They wear heavy clothing and pile on blankets to stay warm.

Ilie Iulian and his wife Liliana have 10 children. They live in rural southern Romania where jobs that provide a steady income are almost non­existent. However, Ilie wants to do what he can to provide for his family. He does construction and other jobs when he gets a chance. Our staff in Romania offered the Iulian family some funds from the Warm-A-Family program for firewood. This gift will help keep them warm for two to three months, depending on how cold the winter is.

The Warm-A-Family program also helps fami­lies in Moldova and Ukraine. Thanks to you, our generous supporters, hundreds of Christian fami­lies in these impoverished countries receive stoves, funds for utilities, and firewood to warm their homes another winter.