CARIBBEAN: Jamaica charity donations to Haiti after Matthew surpasses 2010 earthquake levels

By Jamaica Gleaner
Two girls play amid the rubble after Hurricane Matthew in a street of Port-a-Piment, Haiti, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Two girls play amid the rubble after Hurricane Matthew in a street of Port-a-Piment, Haiti, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

JAMAICA GLEANER – Local charity Food For The Poor has indicated that there has been an outpouring of support from Jamaicans for its efforts to deliver relief to Haitians who were displaced after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the island earlier in the month.

Chairman of Food For The Poor in Jamaica Andrew Mahfood told The Gleaner that the organisation has received $10 million dollars in goods and $5 million dollars in cash from individuals and companies.

“Already, we have received much more this year than we did when Haiti had the big earthquake,” he said, while providing an update on the donation drive launched by the charity after the passage of Hurricane Matthew.

According to Mahfood, the charity is currently preparing containers to be shipped to its offices in Haiti, from which they will be distributed to those most affected by the hurricane.

“I think the most important thing now is water, so we will be shipping out large supplies. We got a large donation of five containers of bottled water from a private-sector company, and we are going to procure more bottled water as well as more tinned food,” he said.

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2 comments

  1. Now please MAKE SURE these monies get to the people who need it and don't stay in the pocket of the organizer. TOO MUCH SCAM going on in the name of these poor people.
    I still don't understand why so much donation is being collected for Haiti and people still in tents.

    I wish they would build apartment like buildings so these people can get a good home to rest their head. Maybe it will even be cheaper that way to just build a housing scheme.

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