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AFSC Launches Haiti Relief Effort

People holding hands in a circle in Haiti
Haitians come together for a healing memorial meeting on the five-year anniversary of the earthquake.  Photo: Garry Laurent / AFSC

For Immediate Release
Press contact: Kerri Kennedy, AFSC

AFSC Launches Haiti Relief Effort

Aid to support disaster relief in Martissant, Cité Soleil and Croix des Bouquets

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 19, 2016) The American Friends Service Committee announced today that it is launching a fundraising campaign to support relief efforts in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. AFSC has been involved in peacebuilding efforts on the ground in Haiti since 1952, and was active in the rebuilding efforts after the massive earthquake in 2010.

“AFSC is one of the few organizations that works year-round in Haiti in communities to reduce violence and insecurity and support conflict resolution and peace,” said Kerri Kennedy, AFSC’s Associate General Secretary for International Programs. “We cannot build peace when people don’t have the essentials to live.”

Hurricane Matthew killed over 473 people and displaced over 175,000. Many schools, hospitals, and houses were damaged or destroyed, and some areas lost from 60-90% of their crops. Even areas that were not the hardest hit saw major flooding, destruction of crops, and collapse of housing and infrastructure.

AFSC staff works with 14 community partner organizations in the communities of Martissant, Cité Soleil and Croix des Bouquets. Because these areas were not in the direct path of the hurricane, they are receiving little aid. That is why AFSC has launched a fundraising campaign to provide critical resources and supplies for over 500 families. The money will go primarily towards hygiene kits, food, tools, and temporary roofing materials.

“Our AFSC Haiti field staff are on the ground coordinating with local partners to improve the situation in their communities,” said Kerri Kennedy. “We’re calling on AFSC supporters and all who believe in dignity and basic human rights to contribute to this effort.”

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