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Norwich foundation trying to reach volunteers in Haiti

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A Norwich foundation is trying to reach out to its volunteers in Haiti (WFSB) A Norwich foundation is trying to reach out to its volunteers in Haiti (WFSB)
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Haiti has been hit by Hurricane Matthew, which has left behind flooded streets, damaged houses, downed trees and collapsed a crucial bridge.

Rescue workers are having trouble getting to some towns that have been completely cut off by the storm, and communicating with volunteers and relief organizations has been frustrating for Norwich-based Haitian Health Foundation.

The foundation is trying to get satellite phones to their clinic in the western part of Haiti, as volunteers know there are thousands without shelter, which is why they are ramping up getting supplies to the country.

On Wednesday, Sophia Winiarski visited the Haitian Health Foundation in Norwich to donate food and suitcases. She said she’s been to Haiti to help out, and knows the hurricane destroyed homes and lives.

"Having been there in good times I can only imagine...it’s a hard imagination,” Winiarski said.

Hurricane force winds wiped out trees and houses, while torrential downpours caused flooding in Jeremie wiping out roads.

For 34 years, the Haitian Health Foundation has been collecting funds and needy medical supplies and food for those in the town of Jeremie.

There are 180 people who work out of the clinic they built there, tending to all the needs, whether it be medical or education.

Executive Director Marilyn Lowney has been trying to make contact with volunteers.

"It’s a very frustrating feeling to not have any contact with our people,” Lowney said.

When the earthquake struck in 2010, Dr. Jeremiah Lowney said their clinic was a safety zone for tens of thousands.

"We had 130 thousand people who came from Port O Prince to Jeremie and we had to take care of 130,000 people and we took care of them,” Jeremiah Lowney said.

"We will fill three large sailboats, this one and two others in Florida, and (the) immediate needs are for food and water and clothing, medical supplies and water, unification treatment things filters and things like that,” said Sequoia Sun,  Captian of the Tandemeer.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Haitian Health Foundation learned that cholera outbreak is likely in Haiti.

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