Hurricane Matthew's passage over Haiti has caused an unprecedented natural disaster for the island nation, and Development and Peace-Caritas Canada is launching an emergency campaign to respond.

More than 1,000 people have been killed by the hurricane, and UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that more than 350,000 need immediate humanitarian assistance. In the town of Jérémie, with about 30,000 inhabitants, 80 percent of the buildings have been razed to the ground.

Development and Peace has already committed $50,000 for Haiti and is working with its partners to assess the needs of the local population, especially the most vulnerable. D&P is requesting the support of Canadians right now. Funds raised will be used to meet health and water needs, and to provide shelter, food and non-food items in the most affected regions.

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If you have any questions about the situation or how to support those affected by Hurricane Matthew, please contact
or call 1-844-480-DEVP (3387).