Hurricane Matthew was a category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic that caused devastation from the Caribbean to Canada. Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, was hit especially hard.
Through donations to the Global Emergency Response Fund, the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) will be partnering with Alliance churches in rebuilding homes and churches.
Both our contacts in Haiti and on another Caribbean Island are currently assessing the situation, and we are awaiting their relief proposals. Additionally, donations to Food Aid will be used for emergency food through the C&MA in Canada’s account with the Canadian FoodGrains Bank.
As always, our main desire is to assist the local Alliance churches to be the face of relief in their communities and our goal is to walk alongside them in this response. In both countries, there have been a few communities affected where the Alliance has a presence – but not all. What is encouraging in Haiti is that one church, whose community was not affected, has already collected some funds from their own congregation as they want to be involved in assisting another community where there is another Alliance church. This has not always been a normal response in Haiti so definitely shows a growth in the Haitian Alliance network!
Online donations to both of these funds can be made at cmacan.org/emergency-relief.