HAITI (WRIC) — Hundreds of people in Haiti have died in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the destruction left behind, so you can imagine the sigh of relief from Charlotte Smith when she learned her daughter, who is living in Haiti as a missionary, was reported safe.
“Just relief that it was like, thank God that she was safe and everybody in the mission was safe even though there was complete devastation in the area,” says Smith.
She and her family belong to Chester Christian Church. That’s how her daughter, Caitlin, became involved with missionary work. She’s been with the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission for four years.
Caitlin says as Hurricane Mathew passed, “the hardest part was knowing that it was coming and so many of the communities around us had no idea.”She described going door-to-door to warn everyone they could, before seeking shelter.
She described going door-to-door to warn everyone they could, before seeking shelter.
With her campus right across from the ocean, Caitlin says the roads out of town were already flooded before they could leave.”We just found the best structure we could and made sure we had food
“We just found the best structure we could and made sure we had food and water in our homes and made sure that the children and the other people in our care were as safe as possible.”, she explained.
Hurricane Matthew is the first natural disaster Caitlin has had to endure.
She says four people have died as a result in a nearby village, though she says most of the damage is in the southern part of the country where all efforts are now focused on rebuilding.
“The damage is just unreal down there. All of their gardens, all of their crops, animals, a lot of their homes are ruined and so they’re working to rebuild those,” said Smith.
Caitlin’s main mission in Haiti is helping women working in brothels to become independent, so they can leave and start a new life.
If you’d like more information on how to help, visit: http://nwhcm.org/give/missionary/caitlin-smith