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10 October 2016

Samaritan's Purse responds to Hurricane Matthew

Samaritan's Purse responds to Hurricane Matthew

Samaritan's Purse is working in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The Christian relief organisation has a history of swift responses to natural disasters.

Already operating in Haiti, Samaritan's Purse has local supplies as well as other resouces in North America.

Chris Blackham, head of programmes and projects, said: "Whilst we are still assessing the damage it's clear Hurricane Matthew has delivered a potentially catastrophic strike to an already struggling nation.

"Samaritan's Purse is well positioned to respond, with teams on the ground since the earthquake and supplies already positioned.

"Right now we are encouraging Christians around the world to lift up this vulnerable nation and the whole Caribbean in their prayers."

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Samaritan's Purse has been a presence in the country, which remains the poorest country in the western hemisphere and is still in need of vital support, with around a third of its population is under the age of 14.

Blackham continued: "We've a real heart for this nation at Samaritan's Purse. It's a very young population and they've had more than its fair share of difficulties.

"For a decade our supporters have enabled us to show the tangible love of God in Haiti. We've built strong relationships with the churches in the country and we can assure people we'll be there in the aftermath of Matthew.

"Over 780,000 children there have received a shoebox gift through Operation Christmas Child and its Greatest Journey course has seen thousands of children's lives transformed and churches across the nation have been resourced and supported through the programme."

You can find out more about the response to Hurricane Matthew, and the Samaritan's Purse disaster response programmes by visiting www.samaritans-purse.org.uk

As a member of the Evangelical Alliance, Samaritan's Purse UK is one of 600 organisations supported by the Alliance. We facilitate members' initiatives and campaigns and offer support to increase their impact and provide training for organisations on how to engage with the local government and media.

If you would like to become a member of the Evangelical Alliance as an organisation, church or individual, you can find out more here.