Helping Thousands in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew
Just two days after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, the Hotes Foundation team was on the ground. After seeing the severity of the destruction and the usual lack of any help being provided, our team, led by Richard Hotes, went to work, and within just a couple days had delivered weeks' supplies of food and water to thousands of victims of Hurricane Matthew. The Hotes team witnessed destruction and desperation in Jeremie but even more so in the more remote towns on the coast and in the mountains. Therefore, as has been our practice for decades, we assisted the most affected in the most difficult to reach areas. Following the remote distributions, the team went to orphanages in Jeremie and filled their cupboards with a diverse set of foods and water which should last them more than a month. Finally, Richard led a small team via helicopter to Randel, where a cholera outbreak has been ongoing and which had received no help even 10 days after Matthew had struck. We flew enough medicine to treat hundreds of patients in the remote and isolated town.