As coverage of Tropical Storm Isaac and New Orleans appear in the news—the stories of the storm’s destruction in Haiti and the Dominican Republic go unsung.
While the storm never reached hurricane status, the winds and rain (averaging 12 inches) have caused serious flooding and crop damage, leaving vulnerable communities at greater risk for disease and hunger.
The storm’s survivors in both countries are facing empty food supplies and the destruction of cash crops. In the Dominican Republic, 25,000 people are without homes.
In Haiti, Food for the Hungry communities like Baptiste, with 146 sponsored children, are reporting that more than 40 homes have been destroyed as well as crops.
In another Haitian community called Aux Cadets, 40 percent of the goats were killed and orange and avocado crops are gone.
With excessive flooding, communities are isolated and without access to aid. Food for the Hungry is working to mobilize staff to seek out those affected by the storm.
With many communities struggling just to survive, the destruction of crops is a setback, not only for the moment but for the upcoming year, as farmers will not be able to sell crops for an income.
Bekele Hankebo, FH/Haiti Country Director said the children also eat the oranges, avocados and bananas that they grew, so they didn’t just lose their livelihoods – their kids will go hungry without help.
“Pray for strength,” says Hankebo. “Continue praying for resources. This is a tragedy but we know God is in control. We pray for God’s wisdom, for good leadership.”
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