Hurricane Matthew

Infamous Hurricane Matthew roared over the Plateau Tuesday into Wednesday.


The worst of it hit us during Tuesday night.  While we thankfully did not suffer the extreme devastation that the south of Haiti experienced, we took a hard hit. All mud homes suffered some damage from the wind and rain stripping of the siding.


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On this home, you can see the clear contrast between the side that still has siding, and the side that was stripped.


For most of them, the mud fell inside, covering belongings, making a huge mess, and exposing the people inside to the elements. Families moved from room to room looking for a place to stay dry and sheltered.  Some houses can be patched up, others will need to be completely rebuilt.


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After this woman’s porch blew down, the wind and rain had full access to her house.  In the middle of the night, she took her boys and ran to the neighbor’s house (in the right background) to shelter and wait out the storm.


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Two of these girls go to Lemuel’s school.  Their house was one of the more badly stripped by the hurricane.


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The ravine (usually dry) carried a colossal amount of raging rainwater runoff, far overflowing its banks. It rendered the road to Anse-Rouge completely impassible and irreparable by manual labor alone. (This is a picture after water levels had already gone DOWN, when it is still well overflowing its banks!  This is the road.)


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the road to Anse-Rouge



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the road to Anse-Rouge



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the road to Anse-Rouge



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This is the wall holding the spigot where people used to come get water from Lemuel’s well.


The violent water obliterated gardens. One family lost their entire plantain harvest. The flood waters carried away another family’s huge stockpile of charcoal to sell.  Many gardens were flattened in layers of mud and filled with rocks carried by the water.  (There are no pictures of this, because you cannot tell what you are looking at.  It doesn’t look like anything!)


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The water carried away livestock as well. Other livestock died from exposure to the elements. Some people lost up to 15 sheep at once. Losing livestock like this is the equivalent to suddenly losing hundreds of dollars out of your savings account. Others lost goats, pigs, donkeys…For people who are already struggling daily to survive, these losses of their very livelihood are devastating.

In preparation for the hurricane, we opened up the school and the church to receive people, and we esta