In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which caused vast amounts of destruction throughout Haiti, AVSF continues to support smallholder families on the island through 17 different development programs.
Smallholders and plantations hit hard by the storm
On October 25 and 26, Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean, causing a great deal of damage. The hurricane left more than 50 people dead, and nearly 18,000 people had to move into temporary shelters. Many homes were severely damaged.
Nearly three years after the terrible January 12, 2010 earthquake, which ravaged Port-au-Prince and the rural zones in the southeastern part of the country, Hurricane Sandy added itself to the growing list of disasters that seem to regularly befall Haiti, one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to natural disasters.
The agricultural destruction was catastrophic in several regions around the island, especially for those living in country’s Sud department. Nearly 70% of certain food crops (banana, avocado, vetiver, yam, mango, and other varieties fruit) were destroyed. Many animals died of cold in the Haitian mountains. The country’s carrot, cabbage, and bean crops were completely destroyed.
Hurricane leaves food crisis in its wake
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there is now worry that a major food crisis could hit the country in about six months time. More than 11% of the Haitian population already suffers directly from hunger and is barely able to ensure just one meal per day.
AVSF currently carries out 17 projets de développement en Haïti [17 DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN HAITI]. Now more than ever, AVSF stands by Haiti’s smallholder families to help them get back on their feet after suffering these disasters. You can help them as well, by supporting our programs and by mailing a check (made out to ”AVSF supports Haiti”) to AVSF – 45 bis, avenue de la Belle Gabrielle 94736 Nougent-sur-Marne. Or, you can make a donation on our page sécurisée [SECURE WEBPAGE].
Christophe LEBEL, 01 43 94 73 48