Haiti is seeking other avenues for humanitarian aid

Haiti government asks for international military assistance An international group of medical experts are poised to arrive in Haiti this week to help, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced. They will be…

Haiti is seeking other avenues for humanitarian aid

Haiti government asks for international military assistance

An international group of medical experts are poised to arrive in Haiti this week to help, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced. They will be led by a former Haitian government official. (Photo: U.S. Agency for International Development via Wiki Commons)

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on September 4, 2015, the country endured one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters of recent memory. Nearly 1,000 casualties were recorded, and more than 1,700 homes were destroyed or severely damaged. There were reports of nearly 1,000 dead and missing, and over 10,000 displaced, as well as thousands of people suffering from diseases such as cholera. The international community is preparing to provide massive humanitarian aid as the country recovers from the effects of the hurricane, but Haiti’s government is seeking other avenues for assistance.

An international group of medical experts are poised to arrive in Haiti in the near future to help, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced at the end of September. They will be led by a former Haitian government official.

Dr. John Kelly, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who left office in 2014, and his family will be providing training and expertise from their own resources. Kelly, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, oversaw Haiti’s response to Hurricane Matthew. Kelly and his family are the principal beneficiaries of a USAID program called the Hana Partners Program. Kelly recently published a book called Haiti: From Revolution to Recovery, which gives his personal story of the crisis and the recovery efforts.

The Hana Partners Program began more than 40 years ago with the aim of helping Haitian families learn English. Over time, the program has grown into an organization with more than 30 locations in Haiti and overseas. One of the main focuses of Hana Partners has been to empower the Haitian people through education, and to create a more secure and just society.

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