Give to Disaster Relief--2012 Superstorm (Sandy)
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Situation Report Update
Hurricane Sandy in Cuba and Haiti
While most of the response to Hurricane Sandy has focused on the Northeastern United States, recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy continue in Haiti and Cuba, two countries severely hit by the late October hurricane.
In Cuba, more than 188,000 homes were damaged, and the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba was particularly devastated.
In Haiti, Hurricane Sandy was viewed as far worse than Hurricane Isaac in August of this year, with devastating flooding, including in northwest Haiti, where PDA has supported the work of agricultural cooperatives. Of particular concern in Haiti is the pressure put on a country still recovering from the devastating January 2010 earthquake, with food security particularly threatened.
The situation in at least 60 of the 140 communes in Haiti is considered serious, and the food insecurity rate could be as high as 50 percent. Up to 2 million people are thought to be at risk of malnutrition as per the latest estimates.
In Haiti, PDA has provided OGHS funds to support our mission partners in providing livelihood recovery, disaster risk reduction, cholera prevention, psychosocial services, shelter, and education. Specific attention is being paid to help with food security, particularly in areas impacted by the 2010 earthquake where people were in the process of recovery. Agricultural inputs of seeds, tools, livestock, etc. are being provided to 300 of the families most affected.
In Cuba, PDA has provided OGHS funds in support of the ACT Alliance appeal to assist with emergency family food packages and water provision as part of initial recovery efforts. Funds are also helping with shelter, which our long-time partner, the Cuban Council of Churches, identified as a key priority.
How you can help
Give. Provide financial support to aid in recovery efforts. Give online or mail your gift referencing DR000187 to P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
Act. Make "Gift of the Heart" Kits - clean up buckets, baby kits, hygiene kits and school kits to replenish the distribution sites, so that there will be kits to send when needed immediately following disasters. Kits used internationally are the baby kits, hygiene kits, and school kits.
Pray. Pray for families who are struggling after this and previous disasters, and that the response we share with our partners will bear evidence of God’s faithfulness.