EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND-HAITI: PROVIDING AID AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW

February 22, 2018

It is with gratitude and compassion that now, in early 2018, we inform you of the results of Emergency Relief Fund-Haiti, a fund dedicated to providing aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti in October 2016. Through the generosity of our precious partners and our entire network, we have collected almost $1.7 million to support 23 aid projects.

Hurricane Matthew caused substantial damage throughout Haiti, especially in the southern regions, leaving the population to face a major humanitarian disaster. The harvest was destroyed and many religious communities were heavily affected. Many casualties were recorded and thousands of families were left without food, water or a roof over their heads.

Photo taken by the The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)

Our aid in reconstruction

After this catastrophic event, the Foundation’s aid strategy was largely centred on what is known as secondary emergency response: rehabilitation and reconstruction work with religious communities and local organizations working directly with the population. After the hurricane, we identified among our partners 23 disaster-stricken religious communities (both Canadian and local) in 42 regions and at least 2 local organizations. We identified each community’s needs and established an action plan that allowed us to effectively provide aid in line with the requests that we received.

We have resolved to continue to prioritize aid for projects in the following three categories: rehabilitation projects (post-hurricane clean-up, purchase of equipment and furniture, support to the agricultural sector, psychological aid, initiatives by local religious groups to help children, etc.), maintenance and repair projects (orphanages, drinking water systems and sanitation, all types of repairs), and, if our funding allows, reconstruction aid (schools and residential buildings).

Photo taken by the Roncalli International Foundation

Photo taken by the The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)

Ms. Sophie Labrecque, the Foundation’s Executive Director, and Mr. Michel Guillemette, Haiti Advisor and Project Manager, are proud of the Foundation’s accomplishments.

“In addition to our aim to show compassion for the families affected by Hurricane Matthew, our humanitarian efforts were guided by a desire to carry out structural work to help those affected by the disaster. We saw that the results of the emergency projects supported by the Foundation can transform from humanitarian, survival-based actions into sustainable recovery tools that contribute to the development of the socioeconomic activities of beneficiary populations. On our recent visit to Haiti in January 2018, we saw that our projects were able to restore some human dignity to the affected families. This consolation is what drives the Foundation and our donors.”


In an effort to rehabilitate local socioeconomic activity, we were able to help rebuild the drinking water system and electricity network in the region of Labrousse, which was hit hard by the hurricane.

We also contributed to a major recapitalization project with The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation in Haiti (CECI-Haiti) that focused on financing seeds, tools, livestock farms and small women-owned businesses. For this project, we worked with 11 schools run by religious communities (Sœurs de la Charité de Saint-Hyacinthe, Institut Séculier Les Oblates Missionnaires de Marie Immaculée, Sœurs Missionnaires de l'Immaculée Conception et les Filles de Marie Reine Immaculée) to help give the students’ parents back the tools and resources to pay for their children’s education. Close to 2200 people will participate in this project.

Photo taken by the The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)

Photo taken by the The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)

Extensive experience in sustainable projects

Since our arrival in Haiti eight years ago, just after the 2010 earthquake, we have amassed eight years of experience carrying out aid projects in the country. We’re grateful to be able to continue to count on our solid team of partners to ensure the quality of our work. Despite the massive damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, none of the projects that we worked on after the 2010 earthquake were destroyed or damaged by this new disaster: a testament to the exceptional quality of our work and our respect for building standards.

In early 2018, we’ll send you an overview of the projects we have worked on, as well as those we are currently involved in.

Haiti needs you now more than ever before!

The need to help the populations affected by Hurricane Matthew is still strong. We continue to solicit your aid to help us carry out more reconstruction projects.

Hurricane Matthew was so devastating for Haiti. It hit people hard in terms of their basic needs for everyday life: food, a roof, a garden, livestock. These people lost everything. We have to continue to support Haiti. The Haitians and their children deserve our generosity” stated Ms. Sophie Labrecque, Executive Director of the Roncalli International Foundation.

To make a contribution to support Emergency Relief Fund-Haiti

  • Online at www.roncalli.ca or through our link to CanadaHelps.org*
  • By phone at (514) 384-5400
  • By post, with a cheque* made out to the Roncalli International Foundation and specifying:
    Emergency Relief Fund-Haiti
    Our address:
    9001, l'Acadie Blvd, suite 700
    Montreal, Quebec H4N 3H5


*A tax receipt will be issued.
For Canadian religious communities who wish to make a donation, please communicate with us.

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About the Roncalli International Foundation

The mission of the Roncalli International Foundation is to manifest the compassion and the Providence of God to the most destitute people of the developing world in an effort to relieve the hardship caused by injustice and natural disasters.

We work to build very close partnerships with international cooperation agencies (ICAs) as well as with religious and lay missionaries, who carry out projects that help local communities and churches discover their resources, improve their living conditions and stimulate growth.

Julie Loiseau
Strategic Development Coordinator
Roncalli International Foundation

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