Hurricane Matthew Information

UPDATE ON HURRICANE MATTHEW

As many of you know, Hurricane Matthew poses an imminent threat to the country of Haiti. As of 11 a.m. EDT (10/3/16), Matthew was listed as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds measured at 140 mph. Strong winds are already present in Haiti, and the heaviest rains are expected to begin early Monday afternoon. The storm could last anywhere from 24-48 hours, and rainfall estimates could reach 40”+ in some areas.

The government of Haiti has advised people to seek high ground and shelter in place. Along with all other schools in the area, Saint Vincent’s has been closed for Monday and Tuesday. The students are with their families, and the Centre’s residents are safe. Father Frantz “Fanfan” Cole (Centre Director) and Aurélie Fièvre (Administrative Manager) are working diligently to stay on top of the situation and will make the necessary decisions to adapt to changing conditions.

All information about conditions at SVC will be posted on the SVC website (http://stvincentshaiti.org). Communication may become difficult as the storm progresses, but every effort will be made to provide current status reports.

How You Can Help

We anticipate Hurricane Matthew to have a significant impact on the Saint Vincent community. Your financial support will ensure that they are able to respond to whatever situations arise from the storm. In addition to costs related to this current crisis, on-going financial support is needed to help provide food, water, classroom supplies, transportation, salaries, utilities, medicines and other items.

Please consider making a one-time or regular gift on behalf of your household, business or organization. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Wickham, the Development Coordinator for Saint Vincent’s Centre. You may reach her at stvincentshaiti@gmail.com.

Please send your tax-deductible donation to:

CMMH
925 Hertzler Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

You may also make an online donation by visiting CMMH.org and clicking on the “Donate” tab.

In a memorandum of understanding with the Saint Vincent’s Centre’s Board of Directors, the Children’s Medical Mission of Haiti (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) has agreed to function as the fiscal agent for SVC. All donations received for the benefit of SVC are tax-deductible, and gift acknowledgements will be provided by CMMH. Funds sent to SVC by CMMH go directly to the Centre’s bank account in Port-au-Prince and are used to pay salaries, buy food, electricity, and cover other operating expenses. Both CMMH and the SVC Board of Directors receive regular financial reports from the Centre detailing funds received and payments made.
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