UPDATED FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019 9:30 AM EST
Matthew 25: Ministries continues to call for assistance for the people of Haiti. The current unstable situation represents the collapse of an already fragile infrastructure that could set Haiti back a decade or more in its efforts to overcome extreme poverty and deprivation. Prior to the 2010 earthquake, Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Post-earthquake the country has continued to struggle to overcome multiple challenges. Prices on necessities like food, water and gas have continued to escalate, pushing them beyond the ability of most people to pay for. Access to these supplies continues to be extremely limited.
Matthew 25: Ministries has worked to improve conditions in Haiti through humanitarian aid donations since 1998. Post-earthquake, Matthew 25: Ministries increased its level of involvement in Haiti, shipping more containers of relief supplies, leading medical mission trips, supporting schools and orphanages, distributing their Grow Right Micronutrient Supplement, supporting small business and micro-enterprise and creating jobs.
“This situation is the equivalent of a humanitarian earthquake,” said Matthew 25’s CEO Tim Mettey. “We have many friends and partners in Haiti and the descriptions they are providing are horrific. These people are our neighbors and it is our responsibility to do everything we can to help them survive and recover from this disaster.”
Matthew 25: Ministries is calling for help for the people of Haiti. Charitable organizations have evacuated, many businesses are still operating on a limited basis, and residents are reluctant to leave their homes. Desperately needed supplies include:
- Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 100% of donated funds designated for Haiti Humanitarian Crisis will be used for the purpose intended.
- Non-Perishable Food: PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerky, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
- Bottled Water: 12- and 24- cases
- Personal Care Products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion etc.
- Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves etc.
- Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
- Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion etc.
- First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs etc.
While conditions in Haiti have remained calm for the last few days, the State Department continues to list Haiti as a Level 4 – Do Not Travel – Advisory. The problems that caused the recent disruptions have not yet been resolved, so the likelihood of additional outbreaks remains a strong possibility.
Reports from friends and partners on the ground include descriptions such as:
“Many Haitians have been without food for days. Even if they could find it, because of price increases they couldn’t afford it. It’s really about bare necessities right now.”
“We are still very worried, we don’t know what will happen in the coming days. Right now, we can’t sleep for worry. We pray to the Lord and keep our fingers crossed.”
“They orphanage doesn’t have the ingredients to cook with. They need water now – the kids say they are always thirsty. The generator is not working because there is no gas.”
“I tried to get to work today by walking since there is no transportation. It took me about 2 hours to walk halfway there through tire burnings. You have to be brave to walk in the roads of Port-au-Prince right now. I had to turn around and go home. I feel like I am going to have a heart attack.”
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and online donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs.