Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum , has sent an initial aid of $100,000 to the Haiti hit ravaged in recent weeks by Hurricane Matthew.
In a statement, the Holy See said that "this sum, which will be distributed in collaboration with the Apostolic Nunciature through the church premises in the diocese mostly tested by calamity, will be dedicated to support works of assistance for flood victims , and wants to be a first and immediate concrete expression of feelings of paternal spiritual closeness and encouragement of the Supreme Pontiff. "
The contribution is inserted into the network of support that quickly activated throughout the Catholic Church and various episcopal conferences and charities.
Caritas Haiti, together with Caritas International, launched an emergency appeal to help 2,700 families (13,500 people) for the purchase and distribution of 2,700 feeding kit, and 2,700 hygiene kits and activation of programs to advise and sensitize the population on the prevention of infectious diseases.
Hurricane Matthew left nearly 1.000 dead in Haiti. Most deaths have been reported in Les Cayes, Jeremie and Marie Dame, in the South department.
Many catholic churches, such as the Jeremie Cathedral and another in les Cayes, have suffered extensive damages. Some have lost their roofs. The catholic church has made no announcement to fix these establishments. The grandiose Cathedral in Port-au-Prince which was nearly destroyed in an earthquake that crippled Port-au-Prince in 2010, has never been rebuilt.