It is estimated that at least 800 people have died in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew, and the United Nations has warned that it could take days to realize the full impact of the hurricane on this small country.
The World Food Program's Carlos Veloso says some of the hardest-hit towns can only be reached by air or sea because of the mass destruction and debris covering transportation routes.
The storm was a Category Five hurricane when it hit Haiti; it has since been downsized to a Category two storm, with sustained winds of 110 mph.
It pounded Les Cayes, Haiti, where an organization called GoServ Global centers most of its mission efforts. Eddie Constant, GoServ Global’s Haitian Director, said the people in the GoServe community (including more than 200 orphans, babies, and adults) as well as hundreds of community members who live in Safe T Home villages are safe, says Eddie Constant, director of GoServ Global’s work in Haiti. However, most of the roofs on GoServ’s traditional buildings are gone. The top circle of all the Safe T Homes in the area are gone. In addition, the crops and livestock (chickens, rabbits, and aquaponics) are gone and all the fruit trees were destroyed.
Ken DeYoung, a farmer from Laurens, Iowa, is co-founder of GoServ Global and helps head up the organization’s efforts in Haiti. He says about 60% of the volunteers who travel to Haiti for mission work are farmers. GoServ Global has built entire communities in Haiti from Safe T Homes, which are manufactured by Sukup.
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While only 10% of the traditional homes in the area were left standing after the hurricane, all 200 Safe T Homes withstood the hurricane. DeYoung flew a small crew with food, water and other supplies to Les Cayes and is presently working in the country to help with the cleanup. To make a donation to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund, visit www.goservglobal.org/give
Look for the article on Ken DeYoung and this organization in the October issue of PORK Network.