Emergency aid for Haiti
The strongest Caribbean storm in a decade, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016. It not only took hundreds of lives but also destroyed thousands of homes and rendered many areas inaccessible by wrecking roads and bridges, inundating the countryside and cutting power and telephone lines.
With the Swiss Re Foundation’s encouragement, Swiss Re employees donated generously to Save the Children and the Swiss Red Cross to provide emergency relief to Haiti in Matthew’s wake. The Foundation matched their donations.
The SRC has worked in Haiti since the severe earthquake of 2010 and built a strong network in the country. After the earthquake, it rebuilt homes in the region of Léogâne and helped local communities build their disaster preparedness and improve their healthcare services. Hurricane Matthew put this groundwork to the test. The SRC-constructed homes withstood the storm, and many people took refuge in the emergency shelters the SRC had built specifically for this type of emergency. In addition to relief supplies, SRC offered impacted communities training in topics such as hygiene and cholera, ensured access to clean drinking water and repaired water pipes.
Save the Children have worked in Haiti for over 35 years and were on the ground before Hurricane Matthew even hit, helping families prepare. They pre-positioned essential items such as hygiene kits, household items, baby kits, mosquito nets and jerry cans to ensure that people had everything they needed to stay safe and healthy during and after the storm. They also assisted in the evacuation of vulnerable families.