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Iowa non-profit's Haiti community hit

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As the storm rolls up the East Coast,, it has left enormous damage in its wake in the Caribbean.

The death toll in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, now more than 800.

Escaping that count, the many children housed in orphanages funded by an Iowa non-profit.  GoServ Global, based in Eagle Grove and started by Iowa farmers in 2010, is thankful their children are safe.

 "A lot of destruction. The community surrounding our complex, only about 10% of the homes survived. Everything else is gone. We have a number of buildings that are damaged," said GoServ Global Executive Director Paul van Gorkom.

The storm has past, but the children, teachers, and clinic staff are still struggling with limited resources.

"The biggest issue right now is getting food to them. I don't know when they last had something to eat," said van Gorkom.

The Iowa farmers who co-founded the organizations will be heading down this weekend with prepared meals from a local church.

Unable to get there any sooner, they say it was hard to be seemingly helpless while watching from Iowa.

"We've played with these kids. We know these kids. It is like having your own kids here. If you weren't able to feed your own kids, imagine how that would feel. That is the feeling we have," said van Gorkom.    

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