Hurricane Matthew slammed the shores of Haiti Tuesday morning leaving devastating damage. Homes were destroyed by the Category 4 storm with 145 miles-per-hour winds and rising water.
Nashville nonprofit, LiveBeyond, is diligently working to rally people together to support the Haitian people. They are a faith-based humanitarian organization working to transform the oppressed community in Thomazeau, Haiti by providing medical needs and a hope for the future.
Founder and CEO, Dr. David Vanderpool, informed family and friends back at home that their group is safe, and they are imploring for donations so that they can continue to provide food, clean, water and medical care for people in their region. The group immediately began distributing food after the hurricane destroyed crops on local farms and family gardens.
“This storm is really going to accentuate the food shortage in the area,” said Dr. Vanderpool. “The people of Haiti are distraught because they’ve all seen devastation upon devastation.
As of Tuesday morning, seven deaths have been reported.
“As the rain was blowing horizontally last night, we could hear singing coming from different churches around and people asking the Lord to protect them,” Dr. Vanderpool said.