I am Julio Forges, an agronomist from Haiti, and currently working at 350PDX as an international fellow for the fall. In Haiti, I work with small farmers through my organization MOPROPS (Mouvement Progressiste Port-Salutain).
Read on for the most recent information about Hurricane Matthew, my response being so far away from my family in Haiti, and ways we can support from Portland.
This week Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, bringing flash floods, destroying homes and knocking out power and phones and this Category 4 storm also wiped out roads and bridges and other critical infrastructure, especially. My local coastline town in the South of Haiti, Les Cayes, is almost destroyed. My parents’ town, Port Salut, received the brunt of the storm, and in some towns in the area, an estimated 80% of the buildings have been destroyed. Read more