In the coming weeks and months, Haiti—ravaged by Hurricane Matthew—will see millions worth of international assistance and disaster relief organizations funneled into the impoverished country.
However, one of the nonprofit groups rising to the rebuilding challenge will be a rapid response team composed of veterans named Team Rubicon. In fact, they got their first start six years ago when they answered the call to Haiti's devastating earthquake. Last week, Democratic presidential contender HIllary Clinton requested people send donations to the organization.
Formed by two former Marines, Team Rubicon domestic and international units are organized under the umbrella of Team Rubicon Global. The organization is responding to areas devastated by natural disasters such as Matthew, and in Haiti, the need is particularly acute: More than 2 million people have been displaced by the hurricane while at least 546 are dead, according to United Nations estimates.
In the midst of cholera outbreaks and widespread devastation that led the U.N. to ask world governments for $120 million in emergency aid, the U.K.-based arm of Team Rubicon is stepping into the breach. The group's U.K. unit—which also circled the wagons for earthquake relief in Nepal recently —has 13 volunteers assessing damage and needs in the Hemisphere's poorest country, and collecting donations to fund its efforts.
"Over the next few weeks their primary tasks will be to clear debris, repair critical infrastructure, set up shelters and deliver supplies," John Leach, Team Rubicon UK's CEO, told CNBC via email.
"The significant skills of Armed Forces veterans are perfectly suited to this kind of environment and our teams are able to operate effectively throughout the affected areas and, critically, go that extra mile to ensure even the most remote communities can be reached and supported," Leach said. "There is a lot to do and Team Rubicon is working hard right where help is needed the most."