Provide Aid to Haitian Farmers Suffering in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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Target: President Michel Joseph Martelly

Goal: Aid struggling farmers suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was one of the biggest storms to hit the United States. Due to the amount of damage it did in the Northeast, relief efforts have been aimed at that section of America. However, Hurricane Sandy affected thousands of people in the Caribbean as well, especially the small developing country, Haiti. Haitian farmers are struggling just to survive after the storm destroyed their lands and cattle, making it extremely difficult for them to grow crops for food and money. These farmers need help and although there has been fundraising, none of the money can be used yet. In the meantime, the Haitian government must step up and provide relief for these farmers so that they can support themselves and their young children.

The storm took the lives of at least 50 people within the rural areas of Haiti. It also destroyed many of the new construction that started after the horrible earthquake in 2010. In addition, Haiti also dealt with Tropical Storm Isaac. Now the reconstruction progress has been severely stalled and some projects have been badly damaged. The residents of these areas rely on these projects finishing on time so that they can get back to their activities as soon as possible. But now, that hope seems to be fading after Hurricane Sandy. While officials are trying to assess the damage and find the best plan for saving the area, the people are slowly dying from starvation and malnutrition. The storm also destroyed roughly 60 cholera treatment centers, leading people to fear an outbreak, which would kill a lot of people. Natural disasters are inevitable and thus, the government, a group of people who may have the means of helping the locals, should do so immediately before the body count rises.

Not only are families starving, children cannot be educated because schools cost money, money that the parents usually acquired through their farms. Without their land, they essentially have nothing to live on. The New York Times tallies Haiti’s total losses in the agriculture field to a whopping $254 million. The Haitian government has stressed the need for funds from relief organizations but the money will not come in fast enough to save the starving people.

The Haitian government must step in now and provide some form of relief before more and more people die from starvation and malnutrition.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Michel Joseph Martelly,

The people living in the rural areas of your country are suffering from starvation and malnutrition after Hurricane Sandy left their lands in horrible condition. The residents cannot produce crops and thus, they have no food or money sources. Survival is getting harder and harder for them, and it is time that some real relief and aid are sent in to help them.

Parents do not have the means to pay for their children’s education and they do not know where their next meal is coming. This is a terrifying and horrible way of living and something must be done to save them from dying. As the president of the nation, you are responsible for you citizens and you must send in some form of relief.

Please help them now.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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