ATLANTA - Atlanta based ServeHAITI runs a clinic in the Grand-Bois, Haiti. As Hurricane Matthew approached the Caribbean Island, the 30-person staff at the clinic prepared for last minute patients.
As they expected, just before the hurricane finally reached Haiti, patients kept coming through the door.
The faith-based non-profit offers medical assistance, water purification and several other services to the people of Haiti. Several staff members are from the Atlanta area, but many are also from other parts of America. A few are also local Haitians.
As the hurricane blasted Haiti with strong winds and heavy rainfall, ServeHAITI's staff rode out the storm and suffered only minimal damage in the immediate area.
"The wind is pickup up, the storm is passing over us now. It is pretty windy and rainy, but this is the extent of what we are getting now," Eve Haydel with ServeHAITI said in a video taped during the storm.
The organization's chairman of the board talked with staff in Haiti on Tuesday as the storm was over the island.
"They would be going out in to the community as soon as the storm passed," Wayne Book recalled. "Everyone was hunkering down and not going anywhere right now."
Book said ServeHAITI's staff thankfully avoided the worst part of the storm, because their clinic is in the northern part of the island which sits at a higher elevation.
Once the weather in Haiti calms down, Book said staff would be preparing for a potential increase in patients needing medical assistance and also people seeking other services the organizations offers.
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