NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — The Haitian Health Foundation out of Norwich has 180 staff members on the ground sheltering in place, riding out Hurricane Matthew.
They lost all contact about 3:00 in the morning as cell service and Internet connections went dead. Jerry Lowney started the foundation 34 years ago and returns to Haiti every three months. He knows what it’s like to survive a hurricane in Haiti as he was there when Ivan tore up the island.
“Near a little brook I’ve seen these things come up and sweep houses away 100-feet, 200-feet away and families and everything are just gone, so there will be fatalities,” said Lowney.
Their mission is set up in Jeremie, Haiti, which is taking a direct hit from the eye of the storm. In that part of the country, there are no brick or concrete structures only huts and shacks. Marilyn Lowney fears the wind will knock everything down then floods and mudslides will destroy what’s left.
“Because once this clears there will be a storm after the storm, because people will be digging out and I can’t imagine the huts people live in they must be completely destroyed right now,” said Marilyn Lowney.
At the Haitian Health Foundation they have everything from medical supplies, to baby food, to canned tuna, lots of food that is headed for Haiti. However, now that the hurricane is going through, there’s not going to be much infrastructure left and all of this food may end up staying here longer than they like and that is why they’re asking for cash donations.