Houstonians on ground leading relief efforts for Haiti

- Talha Javed got on a plane in Houston and got off in Haiti Thursday night. He pulled his van over to talk to FOX 26 on his way to Miragoan, a city decimated by Hurricane Matthew, where people are running out of food and don't have beds to sleep in.

Once in MIragoan, he and his team will provide AID supplies through Helping Hand's, Houston chapter.

"Where we're headed there is definitely still flooding. They need food, water and some kind of shelter because we hear their roofs got ripped off their buildings, so they don't have places to live necessarily. Other than that, we don't really know that much more except that it's food and water and basic necessities right now,"
said Javed.

Open wounds still haunt the country, reminders of the 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000.

"Everyone's trying to survive, but things are very difficult, very hard here."

800 people have died, in Haiti,  mostly from floods which have shredded houses and ravaged roadways.

Houstonian Robert Murgis, knows far too well that the country that birthed him, didn't need this.

"Now they need food, they need water, they need clothes, because when the hurricane passed, he washed everything away," said Murgis.

Robert and his wife own a restaurant in Houston The two are leading a relief effort to feed, educate and house children in an orphanage destroyed in 2010 and by Hurricane Matthew days ago.

"Give, it don't matter how big you give, when you give with the right hand you'll receive that in the left," said Murgis.

Helping Hand is also looking for doctors from the Houston community willing to donate their time given the countries limited access to basic medical care. They say they will provide a place for the doctors to stay.

For more information, visit Helping Hand's website at https://hhrd.org/DetailDonate. They are located at Helping Hand for Relief and Development, 10503 Rockley Rd #105B and by phone at (713) 984-4558.

The Haitian Caribbean Restaurant's phone number is (281) 741-9782. They are located at 6271 Hwy 6 S Houston, TX 77083.

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