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Irish charity launches urgent appeal to raise funds for Haiti after devastating Hurricane Matthew

People watch from the other side of the La Digue river as water roars past the destroyed Petit Goave bridge, as Hurricane Matthew passes over, in Petit Goave, Haiti ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
People watch from the other side of the La Digue river as water roars past the destroyed Petit Goave bridge, as Hurricane Matthew passes over, in Petit Goave, Haiti ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Trees damaged by wind are seen during Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
People walk along a road after Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
A structure lays on the ground, brought down by the winds of Hurricane Matthew in Leogane, Haiti (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
People walk on the road as rain falls during Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
A view of trees damaged by the wind during Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Supporters of Fanmi Lavalas political party splash around in water on a flooded street as they take part in a gathering while Hurricane Matthew passes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A man pushes a bicycle in a flood zone after Hurricane Matthew passed through Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
A man pushes a wheelbarrow as he wades across a flooded street while Hurricane Matthew passes through Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Men attempt to push a wheelbarrow across a flooded street while Hurricane Matthew passes through Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Trees sway with the wind during Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man stands near a house damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
A woman pushes a wheelbarrow while walking in a partially flooded street, in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

An Irish charity based in Haiti is launching an urgent appeal to raise much needed funds after the devastation left in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The hurricane has been described as the fiercest Caribbean storm in over a decade and has left thousands of people homeless.

Haven was established in 2008 and has been working solely in Haiti after a number of disasters rocked the country – including an earthquake in 2010 which left over 200,000 people dead.

The charity is now asking the public to support the people of Haiti with whatever small donation they can.

The storm battered the southwest coast of the country and has flooded many of the coastal towns.

Director of Haven, John Moore, has described how the country has been affected.

“Families across Haiti are in shock after the third major natural disaster to hit the country since 2010. 

"As well as the critical damage done to the their communities as a whole, some of Haven’s key livelihoods programmes - including the Christine Farm and the Income Generation Programme on the island of Île à Vache - have been destroyed.”

Haven is now accepting donations for the Hurricane Matthew recovery. 

To donate, please visit Haven’s website - https://www.havenpartnership.com/donation/  - or call 01 681 5441.

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