The Waitt Institute, known for its work focused on sustainable ocean ecosystems, has added to the growing list of donors providing support to the people of the Caribbean region, particularly Haiti, as they work to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Funds from the Waitt Institute will be disbursed through the Panamerican Development Foundation (PADF) to provide safe drinking water, hygiene kits, and emergency shelter kits on the ground in Haiti.
The Waitt Institute works with small-island governments to develop and implement sustainable ocean policies. To date, three projects are underway in the Caribbean: Blue Halo Barbuda, Blue Halo Curaçao, and Blue Halo Montserrat.
“Our Caribbean Blue Halo initiatives in Barbuda, Montserrat and Curaçao escaped major impacts from Hurricane Matthew. Haiti was not so fortunate,” said Dr. Kathryn Mengerink, the Waitt Institute’s Executive Director. “By pooling funds from our existing projects, we are doing what we can to assist the Panamerican Development Foundation in getting supplies and aid to those Haitians devastated by the storm.”
PADF’s immediate response will target the hardest hit communities in southwest Haiti including Aquin, Saint Louis du Sud, Cavaillon, Cayes, Torbeck, Camp-Perrin, Maniche and Jérémie.