"Ultra poor" are those at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. The World Bank estimates that 1.4 billion, or one out of five people in the world today, live in "extreme poverty," $1.23 US per day. Many at Belle-Rivière fit this category. On an ordinary day they struggle to access essential services like education and healthcare. When disaster strikes they cannot recover without outside intervention.
Hurricane Matthew: After the earthquake Belle-Rivière offered shelter to residents from the cities but when Hurricane Matthew traveled across the Southern tip of Haiti, B-R felt its full impact. Residents were cut off by high water. Many homes and gardens were damaged or destroyed. Roads were severely damaged. It will take years to recover.
National School: The National School was all but destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. The government built a free-standing roof over the in the summer of 2017. It was the best they could do given that 70% of the schools in the Department were damaged or destroyed. FBR provided funds to replace the remainder of the structure. The building is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2017.
Food: Hunger is a perennial problem but earthquake, drought, and hurricane have prompted emergency rice and oil distributions. Children receive a simple lunch throughout the school year. On occasional Sundays the "most needy" children in the area are invited for a hot meal at the community center. Hurricane Matthew prompted our third emergency food supplement
Cholera: The United Nations has finally admitted its role in introducing cholera to Haiti. Cholera, a very treatable disease when diagnosed can can kill in a matter of hours when ignored. Like typhoid, it is spread through contaminated water. Although 10,000 people have died from cholera since it was introduced in 2010, the UN has not shown the will to fund the programs that are needed to stop this epidemic.
Water: A well-established water filtration program facilitated through Gift of Water has greatly protected the B-R community from the ravages of Typhoid and Cholera. In June, health techs from St. Boniface Hospital were administering cholera immunizations to school children at the chapel school at Lhomond. Other parts of Haiti have not fared so well.
United Nations Can't Make Progress —Miami Herald