Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti and Cuba

Haiti Update, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – Bright Hope's CEO, C.H. Dyer, is in Haiti this week visiting our partners and seeing the recent damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Major cities are on the process to recovery, but the rural areas have received little to no help. Many roads are impassable, damage to crops and livestock have limited food availability and there is a high risk for the spread of cholera.

Clean water, clothing and medical support are some of the main needs, as well as, reconstruction of churches, schools and homes that experienced severe damage. The local church is often the only source of help and aid in these areas, so Bright Hope is working to support these churches so they can be a bright light in their community during this challenging time.

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Cuba Update, Friday, October 7, 2016 – First reports from our partner churches in Cuba are that bridges are down, there is no electricity, and homes made of concrete were spared but homes with wood frames were badly damaged or destroyed completely.

Haiti Update, Friday, October 7, 2016 – Officials in Haiti are saying 350,000 people have been effected by the hurricane and the death toll keeps rising as flood waters recede and more bodies are discovered. The death toll is currently at 572.

Pastor Jephthe Lucien says his relatives in the town of Piment are telling him, “the town is completely destroyed, thousands of roofs have been blown away.” He is planning on taking relief aid, previously sent by Bright Hope to the affected areas, once passage is assured.

Haiti Update, Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Bright Hope recently connected with staff on the ground in Haiti and we are grateful to hear that communities where we partner are safe and have experienced little damage. However although the storm has passed, the challenges for Haiti are just beginning. Areas in the South and West experienced severe devastation from high winds and flooding that destroyed homes, schools and streets. Currently most of the country is without power, making it difficult to provide resources and emergency assistance. Over the upcoming days and weeks, our partners will begin the challenging task of responding to those in need.

Hoffman Estates, Ill., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew tore through Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday causing flooding and unknown destruction. Bright Hope has been helping churches in poor communities in Haiti for over 20 years and our network of churches in Cuba is over 600 strong, from East to West. While our partners have not reported any immediate damage, we anticipate some churches will need our help. Please join us in prayer and stay tuned to Bright Hope as we post updates here.