Haitian orphanage 'Be Like Brit' bracing for impact of Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 19:37:21-04

People in Haiti are already starting to feel the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

Some streets are starting to flood, and once the storm hits, people there could see up to 40 inches of rain.

Speaking to NewsChannel 5 by Skype this afternoon, Love Pun said she and the people of Haiti are bracing for impact.

“We're preparing for the worst and praying for the best,” she says. ““This could be a very bad storm from what we hear.”

Pun is operations manager at the Be Like Brit Orphanage.

It was named after Lynn University Student Brittney Gengel, who was killed in 2010's devastating Haiti earthquake while on a mission trip.

Now, another potentially devastating natural disaster takes aim at the island.

“Since yesterday, we started boarding up a lot of the windows, making sure everything on the ground was picked up.” Pun says.

Her priority now is keeping 66 kids – including many who have never experienced a storm before - safe and calm.

“We tell them that we are expecting bad weather, and that it may get a little crazy, but other than that they should be ok,” said Pun.

She expects the orphanage to hold up.

The building, built to withstand earthquakes, should stand up to the wind and rain.

It's the rest of the island Pun is worried about.

“They're taking this very lightly, they're not as concerned as they should be,” she says. “Maybe because they're used to having these storms where nothing really happens.”

Now she's pleading for urgency from the people of Haiti.

“We're making sure that we're getting the word out so that they are aware of how dangerous this storm could be.”