Relief for the people of Pestel
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, devastated much of the Grand'Anse region of southwest, Haiti. Our family and friends in Pestel, Haiti, were amongst those who suffered severe damage to their homes and community. Although we are thankful no one died, the task of rebuilding is enormous. Close to 90% of homes, buildings, and other infrastructure were blown or swept away. Furthermore, there is very limited access to food and clean water. The hospital is in dire need of basic supplies to help the wounded.
The photos we've received (see below) from people there show the massive devastation. Our goal is to support our Pestelois family after this devastating hurricane and provide aide for rebuilding.
We are not working with any international relief organizations. 100% of the funds will be used to assist Pestelois. We will provide updates on how funds are spent and photos of the progress we are making. Also, please find attached a powerpoint that shows the work we had already done in Pestel prior to the hurricane.
Thank you for your help and support! Our goal is to raise $100000.
One of our long term with your donation is the Construction of a community center to include a library, information lab, two public toilets. This community center will also double as a shelter in the event of a natural disaster (there are currently no shelters in Pestel or emergency action plans).
The action steps are:
Building projects: We will work with architects within Retrouvailles and partner organizations to develop a design for the community center that is hurricane and earthquake proof. We propose developing an approach similar to Habitat for Humanity where volunteers will travel to Pestel each month to work on the community center, clean-up, and assist locals with help on their homes.
Major purchases for the building and clean-up projects include:
Building materials and tools
Garbage collector (s)
Designate an area for garbage disposal
We will work with partner organizations to identify volunteers for monthly rebuilding trips
Volunteers will pay for their own flights to and from Haiti
Volunteers ought to submit an outline of their presentation (In writing or verbally to the committee)
You recently supported our action by sending donations, we wanted to thank you for your generosity and contribution to our association.
It is with people like you that we can accompany every year, more and more people and allow them to live a better life. We thank you with all our heart and will not fail to communicate an annual report to all our generous donors. We are working on obtaining our 501 (c3). Your donation will go into an account (TD Bank) under my name (Marc Alcegaire) for Retrouvailles_Entre_Pestelois. All expenses and photos showing the progress of the work done will be posted.
Thanks to you, we will be able to help relieve the misery of the victims of Hurricane Matthew, by sending money to buy temporary shelters and medical equipment. We will soon start the construction of a community center, which will include a library, a computer lab and a meeting room.
Apart from this substantive report we strive to find partners to form alliances. We are looking for possibility of becoming a covenant partner with the Fuller Center, an organization which has been working in Haiti – particularly in Lambi, Haiti. We are also in touch with several Cities, such as New Rochelle, NY, looking for sponsorship.
Once again, being a Pestelois, I join our team in thanking you for your participation.