Emergency Committee


Natural disasters seem to be frequent occurances on Lagonav. Drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, lymphatic filariasis, cholera, chikungunya. They have all threatened to wreak havoc across the island of Lagonav. When there is a crisis, Matènwa's Emergency Committee (EC) assesses each situation by walking throughout the community and listening to neighbors, then returns to share their findings with staff and finally desides a course of action.  Usually the first step is to go back out into the community to squelch misinformation and to spread vital facts and advice. 


On Lagonav, the 2010 Earthquake damaged or demolished thousands of homes. The EC saw that 8 communities surrounding Matènwa  each had 20-30 damaged homes and they felt compelled to offer help even though they hadn't enough money to help everyone in Matènwa.  The EC asked each community to choose 3 families they felt were in the most need. Then together with the participation and input of the family, the EC helped them build a new home.  MCLC managed to help 28 families with only 60 thousand dollars. 



Cholera Outbreak. When cholera reached the island of Lagonav Matènwa was ready: the EC secured a box of rehydration packets to have on hand; they had Matènwa's popular theatre group performing cholera skits; and they went door to door to give out bottles of bleach while explaining how the desease was transmitted. The EC is proud to say that there has never been a single case of cholera in Matènwa.