Grim. Relentlessly grim. Such must be life in Haiti six years after the earthquake and roughly a week after “monster” Hurricane Matthew ripped through the island, leaving desolation and carnage in its wake. Hundreds died as a direct consequence of the storm. Many more are destined to perish from the after-effects—famine, tainted water, disease.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that 750,000 people in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, many of them—far too many—are children. Of the 10.3 million people in Haiti, 1.3 million have been impacted by the storm.

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