Nearly two years ago today, I woke with a sickening feeling in my stomach. It was October 4, 2016, and my country, Haiti, was about to be hit by Hurricane Matthew, one of the worst storms the world has seen.

Radios and televisions blared non-stop with warnings for residents to leave their homes and head to shelters. But while many of us prepared to ride out the storm, people in some of Haiti’s poorest communities were unaware of what was about to hit.

More than 6,500 of the families my organization, Heifer International, works with, found themselves in the path of the storm. They faced long, dangerous nights trying to keep their families and animals safe. Continue reading 

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