Haiti: Surviving the Storm
As I write this, Haiti is getting pounded by Hurricane Matthew. Haitian Timoun Foundation (HTF) partners that operate in Haiti are doing what they can to get through the storm. Fonkoze, the bank for the poor, has distributed warnings and post-2010-earthquake plans to as many community leaders as possible. When able, HTF partners are providing updates via Facebook. Most power is being locally generated since city power systems are down. Internet connectivity is either through a satellite-based internet connection (when it’s not raining, too hard) or the cellular network (when the towers have power.)
At this time, it’s still too early to tell what the damage is or what the support and supply requests are going to be. One thing is known, though: Communities in Haiti are strong and people will help each other out however they can. The U.S. has a lot to learn from Haitian communities.