ORE Hurricane Matthew Relief Program
We need your help after Hurricane Matthew has devastated Southern Haiti
Hurricane Matthew assaulted the southern peninsula of Haiti with deadly fury on Tuesday, destroying tens of thousands of homes as tin roofs were ripped off by the 145 mph winds. Precious crops were flattened and destroyed by torrential rainfall and there was widespread damage from flash floods with loss of livestock and destruction of the already vulnerable infrastructure. In Jérémie alone 80% of the houses are without roofs.
The latest government figures on October 11th estimated that over 175,000 are currently homeless staying in some 224 temporary shelters. The official death toll is estimated at 473 deaths. (But the figure may well be much higher as more information gradually comes in from isolated areas). In the meantime the extent of the damage and human suffering is overwhelming, the government says that 1.4 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.
As reported by the BBC, the top United Nations official in Haiti, Mourad Wahba, described the storm as “the largest humanitarian event” in the country of 11 million since a devastating earthquake six years ago, with thousands scrambling for shelter.
ORE helpers providing food and clothing

ORE helpers providing food and clothing during a relief operation.

A team of ORE volunteers providing tents for the homeless in 2010

Greg, Evie, Makil and other stand in front of a tent provide by ORE.
Your support for the humanitarian relief program following Hurricane Matthew is making it possible to assist the hundreds of thousands of people in the South and Grande Anse departments of Haiti.
ORE is providing pure drinking water from our deep well/bottling facility, helping to repair homes and offer food and shelter to those most in need. In order to ensure there will be food and income in the near future we are also supplying seeds to farmers as they have lost their crops and their seed stocks.
The seeds being distributed are a variety of vegetable seeds, and also improved seeds bred by ORE in Haiti. All our seeds are naturally bred, open population, never GMO, never hybrids. They are bred using age-old traditional methods to select for higher yield so that the improved seeds perform well even with low-fertilization and rainfed conditions. The improved seeds include high yield local corn seeds, QPM quality protein corn (originally from CIMMYT in Mexico), high yield sweet potatoes, vitamin A rich sweet potatoes, high yield sorghum and bean seeds.
We would like to give our heart-felt thanks to all the volunteers who are giving their time so generously, and all the donors who personally contributed their gifts to make this all possible. God bless you all.
Help by donating
Whatever you donate will go directly to those in need.
With your help we can offer
  • Food for those immediately in need
  • Clothing and basic necessities
  • Materials to rebuild broken homes
  • Shelter for those in immediate need
  • Seeds for farmers who have lost their crops
  • Whatever else is required to rebuilt the communities’ well-being


The damage from the hurricane is devastating: As ORE’s director Mousson put it, Eliassaint who was at ORE in Camp Perrin was shocked by the devastation he saw! The flooding, the roofless houses, the loss of crops throughout the entire area are overwhelming. So many trees are down. It is a real mess. It hard to estimate the economic impact, the level of suffering this will cause in an area which is already the poorest in the western hemisphere.
Apart from the immediate priority for food, shelter and medicine, we are also looking at the longer term need to source and produce seeds so that the primarily agricultural communities will be able to plant crops and produce the food that will be needed to survive in the future. Corn, beans and sweet potatoes that major staples – current seed stocks are lost – so the goal has to be to make enough seeds available for the farmers in all the affected areas.
Clearly there is a tremendous need for help for the cleaning up, the rebuilding and all the support for those so much in need. Any help you can offer would be most welcome.

Any help you offer will make a huge difference!

Even the smallest gift will go a long way to alleviate the suffering that thousands are going through as a result of this natural disaster… women and children, the old and the needy. thank you for your help. Every donation goes in full directly to those in need.

In the short-term, hundreds are dead, and thousands upon thousand of people are without shelter, they are hungry and have lost nearly all their meager belongings.
In the midterm, harvests were destroyed and there will be no food in the foreseeable future. Fruit trees that provided food and income, are broken and leafless, and will take years to grow back… and many are lost forever.
In the long-term where are the finances, the plant materials and seeds to replant the fields going to come from… with meager funds lost, seeds ruined and plantations decimated? How many acres of fertile land are now covered by sediment carried downhill by flash floods? Where are the resources to replant crops and trees in this desperately deforested landscape? What will people have to eat?
How will the children, the elderly and the weak survive in such dire conditions? So much help is needed to restore some degree of normality to the lives of the people in the South of Haiti.
Eglise St Anne, Camp Perrin: the church before and after the hurricane

Eglise St Anne, Camp Perrin: the church before and after the hurricane

Entire homes are blown away in Jérémie. (Photo le Nouvelliste)

Entire homes are blown away in Jérémie. (Photo le Nouvelliste)

The town of Jérémie was devastated by the hurricane. (Photo le Nouvelliste)

The town of Jérémie was devastated by the hurricane. (Photo le Nouvelliste)

The spireless cathedral in the once beautiful town of Jeremie

The spireless cathedral in the once beautiful town of Jeremie

Roofless-houses and hungry children

Roofless houses and hungry children

Banana plantation destroyed

Banana plantation destroyed

Flooding and wind damage

Flooding and wind damage

Infrastructure destroyed by flooding

Infrastructure destroyed by flooding


Trying to rebuild a home


Trying to save something from the ruins


This was once a home…


Eroded treeless landscape – Port-à-Piment

Nearly all the houses are without roofs in Jérémie. (Photo le Nouvelliste)

80% of the houses are reported to be without roofs in Jérémie. (Photo le Nouvelliste)

Buildings in ruins after hurricane Matthew's passage through Camp Perrin

Buildings in ruins after hurricane Matthew’s passage through Camp Perrin

Trees are broken and leafless, crops totally destroyed...

Trees are broken and leafless, crops totally destroyed…

Cemetery littered with uprooted trees and vegetation in Camp Perrin

A cemetery littered with uprooted trees and vegetation in Camp Perrin

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