Hurricane Matthew Mutual Aid & Recovery

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Hurricane Matthew is currently a strong tropical cyclone over the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The fourteenth tropical cyclone, thirteenth storm, fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the annual hurricane season, Matthew formed from a vigorous tropical wave that moved off the African coast on September 22, progressing on a westward track until it developed into a tropical storm while it was situated just to the east of the Leeward Islands on September 28. A day later, it became a hurricane while west of the Leeward Islands, and rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane. It impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and The Bahamas. It is expected to significantly impact the southeastern United States, especially the U.S. state of Florida, as well as Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Over 900 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 877 in Haiti.

Photo: Woman dealing with aftermath of hurricane after it hit Cuba.

Infoshop News is compiling information about mutual aid and solidarity for people who want to affect the people in Haiti, Cuba and Florida, affected by Hurricane Matthew.

DO NOT DONATE TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS! THIS HAS ALSO BEEN REQUESTED BY HAITIANS.

Haiti

The groups listed do their best to work with and through already existing Haitian led organizations or just have a reputation for getting results (unlike some large organizations that are better at raising money than doing things with it). via Eric G.

Concern Worldwide
https://www.concern.net/dona…/appeals/haiti-hurricane-appeal

Global Giving
https://www.globalgiving.org/matthew/

Partners in Health
http://www.pih.org/blog/hurricane-matthew-aims-for-haiti

All Hands
https://www.hands.org/projects/hurricane-matthew-response/

Additional Recommended Organizations (Haiti-based)

Konbit Mizik
http://www.konbitmizik.org/

Haiti Communitere
http://haiti.communitere.org/

ACFFC
http://www.acffcjacmelhaiti.com/

Sakala Haiti
http://www.sakala-haiti.org/

SOIL
https://www.oursoil.org/

Fondation Aquin Solidarité
http://destinationaquin.org/

Volontariat pour le Développement d’Haïti
http://www.vdhhaiti.org/

Lambi Fund
http://www.lambifund.org/

MADRE
https://www.madre.org/

Sowaseed
http://sowaseedonline.org/

Konbit Solèy Leve
http://www.konbitsoleyleve.com/

Additional Recommended Organizations (International)

How to be helpful and not make the situation worse

Via Mark Schuller, “Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: Looking Beyond the Disaster Narrative”

1) Support the initiatives led by Haitian people and groups
2) If we contribute aid to a foreign agency, demand they post their decisions and relationships with local groups
3) Solidarity, not charity
4) Address the root causes, including neoliberal policies our governments enforced
5) Demand that our aid has real participation by local groups, not just doing the work but setting priorities and identifying how the work is to get done
6) Actually reinforce human capacity – making sure this time expertise is shared with a critical mass of Haitian actors, who can and should be the ones making decisions
7) Link humanitarian aid to development (not the old, failed neoliberal model), and disaster preparedness

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