Non-profit providing relief in Haiti has local ties

GETZVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB)- Haiti’s Interior Minister announced Thursday more than 100 people were killed in Hurricane Matthew.

The category 4 storm ripped through the small island country Tuesday, leaving massive destruction in its wake.

Mission of Hope is a faith driven organization that works to bring food, medicine, and new homes to Haiti; it’s been serving the area since 1998.

Haiti has yet to recover from the 2010 earthquake, and this storm has set communities in Haiti back yet again.

“You have those folks were are basically cut off from any type of supply chain,” said Denny Henderson, Operational Team Lead with Mission of Hope.

Henderson told News 4 Mission of Hope is now focusing efforts on emergency response and recovery; that means getting food and water to as many people as possible.

The organization has ties to a church here in Western New York.

The Chapel in Getzville sends a team to work in Haiti with Mission of Hope about twice a year. They had a trip planned for this week, but they had to reschedule due to the hurricane.

The team has pushed back their plans until next week.

Henderson told News 4 they could use all the help they can get, and they’re ready to go.

“Our compounds that we have are in pretty good shape. They did a good job withstanding the hurricane. And so our compounds are back up as of today fully operational.”

Mission of Hope mobilizes 6,000 people to Haiti every year, and works with more than 500 non-profits.

96 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to Haiti and relief efforts there.

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