Hurricane Matthew may become the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane of category 3 or higher, ever recorded, now on its way to the US coast. It has left a trail of destruction in Haiti, a country still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and recent hurricanes. Thousands and thousands of people on the Caribbean island are affected and are in desperate need of help.
“It’s the worst hurricane that I’ve seen during my life,” Fidele Nicolas, a civil protection official in Nippes, told AP. “It destroyed schools, roads, other structures.” (weather.com)
Large parts of the country have been plunged into darkness with no access to electricity or phone lines. Safe access to light and power is now even more important than ever since it helps survivors finding their loved ones and emergency response teams in their lifesaving work.
“It’s difficult to determine the number of casualties from the storm in Haiti after a key bridge was washed out, roads became impassable and phone communication was cut off from Haiti’s hardest-hit areas”. (weather.com)
We are mobilizing resources and can confirm 350 WakaWaka Lights have been distributed in Haiti this week already. We are collaborating with international and local organizations on the ground to spread safe light and power to the ones who need it most.
With your continued help we can do more. Here is how you can shine a light:
Thank you, dear Agents of Light, for providing glimmers of light and hope!