Haiti was still recovering from a 2010 earthquake which caused mass destruction when Hurricane Matthew made landfall on October 4, 2016 as a Category 4.  The Hurricane continued over Cuba and then across The Bahamas.  It then brought havoc to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

While the devastation across the path of the Hurricane is severe, the situation in Haiti is particularly perilous.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) estimates that 14% of the country’s entire population has been impacted by this storm.  Destructive winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous storm surges decimated the infrastructure in the area.  Landslides, flooding and debris continue to impede humanitarian access to the area.  Homes were completely destroyed, as were schools, and other structures.  Transportation to some areas is impossible.  Extensive damage to crops and livestock ensures a long period of food insecurity.

The greatest needs at this point are clean water, sanitation, hygiene needs and emergency food.

As reported by the New York Times, cholera was already in the area.  About 10,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands sickened since cholera first appeared in 2010.  When the floods came, cholera was carried down by the water, contaminating the river and water supplies.  There is an urgent effort to prevent further spread of the disease.

Information About the Disaster

USAID Fact Sheet

Haitian Student Enrollment at CUNY

NY Times Article – Cholera

Resources For Students

Disaster Relief Coordinators List

CUNY Counseling Centers

Disaster Mental Health Handbook

Disaster Behavioral Health Resources—Immediate Response SAMSHA

Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin SAMHSA

Creole Resource- Help Children Cope with Disaster

For Faculty & Staff

Employee Assistance Program

Fundraising Toolkit

Donate Responsibly Video

FAQs about International Disaster Relief

100 Ways to Raise Funds for International Relief

How Can You Help People Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Guidelines for Effective International Disaster Donation

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to assist in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico

CUNY has established a fund for charitable donations to assist in the aftermath of the tragedy. Tax-deductible donations can be made via check or money order payable to CUNY Research  Foundation with memo indicating “Disaster Relief Fund 78511-00-15”. The money collected will be distributed to a reputable agency providing direct support to the victims.

Mail donations to:

Roberta Nord
The City University of New York
205 East 42 Street, 9th floor
New York, NY  10017