Rene showing CBM Community Worker what is left of his house in Torbeck, Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew made landfall.

Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after Hurricane Matthew

Category: Emergency response

On 4th October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries causing huge destruction to life and property. More than 1,000 people died and hundreds of thousands of people’s homes were damaged or destroyed.

People with disabilities often struggle to access vital services after emergencies so CBM
worked closely with local organisations in the most affected areas to ensure people with disabilities received the support they needed.

In the six months following Hurricane Matthew, CBM helped 11,600 people in Haiti and Cuba by:

  • Providing water filter units so communities can access safe drinking water.
  • Distributing seeds and tools to people whose farms or small-holdings were destroyed.
  • Rebuilding a school and training centre for children and young people with disabilities.
  • Providing psychological support groups to help those affected by trauma.

CBM’s priority is to work with people with disabilities to ‘build back better’, not just temporary solutions but instead permanent ones which will withstand any future disasters.


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