Emergency Response Program

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew

The Situation in Brief

What You Need to Know

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew battered parts of Haiti, making it the worst natural disaster to hit the poor island nation since the 2010 earthquake. More than 1,000 people were killed, and an additional 1.4 million people were in need of immediate humanitarian aid.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Haiti struggled to provide relief to those affected by the hurricane, many of whom have lost their homes and were forced to seek refuge in temporary shelters. One of the most pressing concerns was a lack of drinkable water, which many feared would hasten the spread of cholera, dengue fever and other water-borne diseases.

How the Hurricane Impacts Children

Of the 1.4 million people who need humanitarian assistance, more than 40 percent are children. Give now to support our relief efforts for children and families in Haiti.

of Haitians live in poverty
of children in Haiti attend school
of children are malnourished
children are engaged in child labor in Haiti

SOS Children’s Villages Impact

How Supporters Like You Are Making a Difference

SOS Children’s Villages has been in Haiti since 1978 and is deeply rooted in the Haitian communities. We have raised thousands of children in our SOS Villages, helped countless families through our Family-Strengthening Programs, and ensured that children from SOS as well as the surrounding community receive a quality education at one of our four SOS Hermann Gmeiner schools. Because of our long-standing presence in Haiti, we were able to respond rapidly to the needs of children in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 hurricane.

Provision of Food and Clean Water

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SOS Haiti provided vulnerable families with access to clean water and food. We also provided support in the form of livestock, tools and seeds for farming families whose crops were destroyed.

Sanitation & Hygiene Kits

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Sanitation and hygiene kits were distributed to prevent the risk of contamination of infectious diseases such as cholera.

Fun, Safe Childcare Centers

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SOS Childcare Centers provide children with informal education, recreational activities, food and other services. At the centers, trained professionals provide children who have suffered trauma with counseling and psychological support. Furthermore, the parents of these children have a free and safe place to send their children during the day while they go out and earn money so that they can support their families.  


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We have successfully renovated family homes and rebuilt schools and community centers that were affected by the hurricane to re-enable access to education and recreational activities.

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