EAGLE GROVE, Iowa – Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti on Oct. 4, and a North Iowa-based charity says people are still living with the devastation.
Terry Prickett of GoServ Global in Eagle Grove recently made a mission trip to the island nation and describes one home he saw.
“The roof collapsed so it looked like a roof teepee on the ground. We saw a couple of elderly ladies sitting out front with a little hole that one was climbing out of,” says Prickett. “That’s what they’re living in and they’re probably one of the lucky ones because they have a roof. I’d estimate that 90 percent of the homes that are left don’t even have roofs on them.”
However, Prickett says all of the Safe T Homes created by Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield withstood the storm with minimal damage. GoServ Global has already built over five more homes, with 30 more being shipped to Haiti.
“The need is so great in this area — it’s the poorest of the poor,” says GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung. “Thousands and thousands of homes were wiped out because they were made with thatch. Many people died and now cholera is running rampant.”
GoServ Global is still accepting donations to its Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund, online at atgoserveglobal.org/give or they can be mailed to GoServ Global, PO Box 193, Eagle Grove, Iowa 50533.