Haiti still suffering from Hurricane Matthew

All that remain of homes in Les Anglais, Haiti, the focus of GoServ Global housing efforts for hurricane relief.  (Photo from GoServ Global)
All that remain of homes in Les Anglais, Haiti, the focus of GoServ Global housing efforts for hurricane relief. (Photo from GoServ Global)

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.

GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung and Haiti Director Eddie Constant discuss the need for more Safe T Homes®. (Photo from GoServ Global)
GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung and Haiti Director Eddie Constant discuss
the need for more Safe T Homes®. (Photo from GoServ Global)

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.

GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung (right) and Laborers With Christ Missionary Les DeRoos discuss building 10 Safe T Homes® on this property next to the Village of Hope that includes 60 Safe T Homes®. (Photo from GoServ Gobal)
GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung (right) and Laborers With Christ
Missionary Les DeRoos discuss building 10 Safe T Homes® on this property next to
the Village of Hope that includes 60 Safe T Homes®. (Photo from GoServ Gobal)

“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.

A GoServ Global mission team member comforts Madam Pharil - who has directed the Center of Help Orphanage in Haiti for 35 years - that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. All of the 30 orphans and staff survived as they - along with members from the community - rode out the storm in the lone Safe T Home® that was built on the property last August. (Photo from GoServ Global)
A GoServ Global mission team member comforts Madam Pharil – who has directed
the Center of Help Orphanage in Haiti for 35 years – that was destroyed by Hurricane
Matthew. All of the 30 orphans and staff survived as they – along with members from
the community – rode out the storm in the lone Safe T Home® that was built on the
property last August. (Photo from GoServ Global)

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