On October 4th, Hurricane Matthew made a devastating blow to Haiti’s south as a category 4 storm. In the aftermath of the storm the island is reeling from contaminated water, food shortages, displaced residents, and destroyed infrastructure. Worst hit are the mountain villages where the winds were the strongest, and the housing structures the weakest.
Over the past ten years, Haiti Community Support (HCS) has been working in Au Centre, in the Macaya Mountains in Southern Haiti, a farming region of shade trees over small coffee plantations, and one of the world’s poorest places. Due to the remote nature of Au Centre, the region is last on the list for help during disasters.
The situation in the village right now is dire. Every home lost the roof, most have collapsed wells. Food stores are ruined and crops are destroyed. The village is now sheltering in the Haiti Community Support (HCS) school house, and hunger is a big problem. We are on the ground addressing matters, and your donation will help save lives and relieve suffering right now when it’s most needed.
Our first goal is to raise $40,000 in the next 4 weeks to purchase and transport food, seeds, medical and construction supplies to Au Centre for urgent care and reconstruction needs.
HCS is a small charity, directly serving neglected remote communities - small enough to get things done even in the midst of chaos. A network of team members are already transporting emergency food to the village – weeks ahead of larger organizations who are bogged down with the crisis in the large cities at the base of the mountains.
Please consider making a contribution to help our friends, families and neighbors in Au Centre through this incredibly difficult time, as they try to piece their village back together again.
Please follow along and share our updates about the conditions and progress of our friends and family in Au Centre.
Please keep the children, women and men of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers.
With all of the various charities in Haiti asking for support, why Haiti Community Support?
Haiti Community Support (HCS) offers a unique approach to community development. We’re helping remote mountain areas where no other organization or government ever went to help. Our support funds go directly into the village to a proven team of community members who know what their village needs and how to get things done.
Haiti Community Support is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to deliver education, nutrition and health care services to children and villagers living in the remote mountainous region of Au Centre, Haiti.
In the last ten years, Haiti Community Support (HCS) has helped build and run Au Centre's first school (of 225 students), children's hot lunch program, medical clinic and potable water system.
HCS is run by volunteer board members based in the US, and one paid administrator position based in Haiti who manages the HCS programs and partnerships, as well as the acquisition and distribution of supplies to the villages in Au Centre.
HCS specializes in working in inaccessible rural areas of Haiti where other groups don't go. Our mobile medical clinics served over 10,000 people after the 2010 earthquake.
We believe that the solution to Haiti's worst problems lies in empowering Haitians themselves. By believing in what Haitians can accomplish, we are a partner, not a patron. We are a neighbor, not an outsider.