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CT outreach program prepares packages for Haiti

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Packages have been prepared to be sent to Haiti (WFSB) Packages have been prepared to be sent to Haiti (WFSB)

Hurricane Matthew is responsible for at least four deaths, and rescue agencies said the damage has been catastrophic.

The slow moving storm brought strong winds and torrential rainfall to Haiti, where the majority of people live in poorly built housing.

An organization based in Norwich, called the Haitian Health Foundation, has been working for 34 years in Haiti to help people on the northern coast of the country.

They have a full-service outpatient clinic and they also run a public health outreach program for 250,000 people.

Right now, the organization is actually a primary care provider on the island, where many of the hospitals are no longer open and operating.

According to their directors, the staff in Haiti worked through the weekend to prepare emergency food kits and to make sure enough medicine was available.

They also took shelter in their clinic, which is one of the few structurally sound buildings in the area.

The storm battered the island for hours overnight and into the day on Tuesday.

Coworkers in Connecticut lost communication with the group more than 12 hours ago, and they have no idea how bad the damage is.

"The houses are made of thatch, they're made of cardboard, and they’re made of tarps, rusted pieces of metal,” said the organization’s Executive Director Marilyn Lowney.

"We've put food packages together by the hundreds, hundreds of food packages and we're just prepared to give these out as soon as soon as they're able to dispense them,” said organization founder Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney.

The Haitian Health Foundation is asking for donations to help them buy more food and medicine for those impacted by the storm.

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