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In Haiti, thousands of families are living without access to basic facilities, or even a roof over their heads after Hurricane Matthew tore through the country in early October.

Flimsy materials and basic shelters were no match for the Category 4 storm, which destroyed roads and bridges, and left almost 200,000 families without a place to call home.

While the storm has now passed, the conditions are terrifying. Many areas have been cut off, whole communities have been destroyed, and many more are without electricity.

Persistent rains and flash flooding not only block roads, but contaminate water supplies and help the spread of cholera. More than 500 cases of the disease have already been confirmed.

Help us go the extra mile

Our ShelterBox response teams are on the ground, finding the worst-hit communities and organising the provision of aid. But it is hard going. Our teams have already come up against flash floods and blocked roads.

In such a mountainous country, it is a long-painstaking process to reach every community in need of support.

Your support can make all the difference. By donating to ShelterBox, you’re not just helping us to send aid to Haiti, but the response teams to deliver it straight to families.

As well as solar lights to brighten dark nights and water purification kits for safe drinking water, you're helping to provide communities with the skills to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Equipped with the ability to build back stronger shelters, these communities will be able to weather storms in the future.

Familiar ground

Our teams are no strangers to working in the Caribbean.

In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 250,000 people and leaving a further million homeless.

We responded immediately and had a team on the ground assessing the situation within a day.

The quake caused damage on an epic scale and many of the worst-hit communities were accessible only by helicopter. However, ShelterBox teams worked tirelessly throughout 2010 to reach families in need of shelter, using any means possible.

We believe that no family should be without shelter, and our teams will go wherever disaster strikes, to support communities. Will you help them go the extra mile?