Haiti hurricane

GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung, right, and board member Conwell Larson are pictured with boys from the Joshua House Orphanage in Haiti. GoServ Global, an Iowa organization, is seeking donations for hurricane relief in the country. 

LES CAYES, Haiti | GoServ Global is sending its second mission team to Haiti since Hurricane Matthew hit the country two weeks ago.

Days after the hurricane hit, co-founder Ken DeYoung flew in a small team with nearly 5,000 meals, emergency supplies and building materials. 

A team of 11 has arrived in Haiti while another will join them at the end of the week, GoServ Global said in a news release. They are from Iowa, Indiana, Vermont and Minnesota. 

Members will build Safe T Homes to replace traditional buildings badly damaged at the Center of Help Orphanage. They will also rebuild a water pump house and plant crops. 

All 200 of the metal homes in Haiti withstood 145 mph winds with minimal damage, according to the organization. 

DeYoung said crops, most fruit trees and animals were swept away in the storm. 

"It will be months, and in some cases years, before we can look back on this," he said. "Most of the homes in the south are destroyed or unusable. Many times it takes years or generations to build a home."

GoServ Global will load a shipping container with food, 20,000 pounds of steel roofing material, a skid loader, generators, chainsaws and other items that will be shipped Thursday. 

Sukup Manufacturing, Sheffield, has 24 Safe T Homes ready to go, but the organization needs funds to pay for the homes. It costs $7,000 to buy, ship and install one of the homes in Haiti. 

Donations -- 100 percent of which will support the organization's hurricane relief efforts in Haiti -- can be made at www.goservglobal.org/give. Choose "Haiti Hurricane Matthew" in the drop-down. 

They can also be sent to GoServ Global, Box 193, Eagle Grove, IA 50533. Write "Hurricane Relief" in the memo line. 


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