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Hurricane Matthew Hits Home For St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in Massachusetts

Some staffers at Newton-based foundation are working in Haiti following the storm

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    Hurricane Matthew is still thousands of miles away but it's hitting close to home for staff at the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in Newton. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016)

    Hurricane Matthew is still thousands of miles away but it's hitting close to home for staff at the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in Newton, Massachusetts.

    At least five staffers from the United States are at the foundation's hospital on the island nation.

    The storm has moved away from Haiti, but Hurricane Matthew left major destruction in city of Fond Des Blancs, making it almost impossible to reach the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation's hospital.

    "Our hospital have been working around the clock to prepare," said Liz Schwartz, of the foundation. "They were digging drainage ditches, boarding up windows, making sure all of our patients and staff were in secure housing."

    Staff back in Massachusetts have been working around the clock to figure out ways to bring help to the devastation.

    "There is no way for us to get supplies to the hospital right now," said Schwartz. "The roads are washed out. We can't get them in by air and our hospital is not on the coast, which means that we don't have to worry about storm surge but we can't get there by boat either."

    None of the U.S. staffers were injured in the storm but said they are determined to make sure the people of Haiti can quickly continue using the hospital.

    "Women are in need of emergency care, c-sections, things like that. It's people who have everyday kinds of emergencies."

    The president of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation already arrived in the country to survey the damage that was done. Workers said they will need a lot of help with getting supplies to the location. If you're interested in donating you can go to the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation's website.

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