Connecticut nonprofit prepares for hurricane impact in Haiti


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — While Hurricane Matthew may be days away from hitting the United States, some locals are already preparing to lending a helping hand to those impacted.

Nadesha Mijoba lives in Haiti working for a nonprofit to help deliver healthcare, she is a Connecticut native.

In a Skype interview with Eyewitness News on Monday, Mijoba said,”I’m not one who functions from a fear point of view, but it’s the only way to describe what I feel right now for the people of Jeremine.”

Mijoba is the Director of Operations for the Connecticut-based Haitian Health Foundation out of Jeremie, a rural area in southwest Haiti.

Her staff includes 184 full-time employees, ready to hand out food, medicine and other emergency supplies.

“As of Wednesday, when the storm passes, there will be several teams going out on motorcycles to assess how things are going on in the villages,” said Mijoba.

Matthew is expected to make landfall later Monday night. During the interview Mijoba described in impending evening, it’s “very windy, it is raining and it is a bit dark, it’s very cloudy,” she said.

Forecasters warn that up to 40 inches of rain in certain parts of the island is possible, with potentially life-threatening floods.

“We just really don’t know how bad it’s going to be,” Mijoba said.

Some infrastructure in Haiti is still fragile from the 2010 earthquake.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for all of Haiti, Jamaica and parts of Cuba.

Governors of North Carolina and Florida have already declared a state of emergency back in the US.