[:en]HOLGUÍN—A Canadian Global Response team arrived in Cuba last December to help assess damages as the recovery phase of Hurricane Matthew took place. Under the leadership CGR Cuba Coordinator Michael Krause, other teams arrived in 2017, assisting with the rebuilding of a camp and providing humanitarian aid with mattresses for locals through our “Bringing A Good Night’s Sleep” program.
We’re now calling on Canadians to step up and help Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the island. Irma landed in Cuba on the weekend as a Category 5 storm, with hurricane-force winds over 200 kph destroying roofs, buildings, and ripping trees from the ground. Rainfall is expected to continue tomorrow as the country continues evacuations especially along the coastline, where mudslides and flash floods are predicted to follow.
Michael Krause is organizing an immediate relief team to Cuba, sharing the following images from the community of “La Gloria” after Hurricane Irma:
Michael shares: “Join us next week as a volunteer. I urge and challenge you to step out of your comfort zone – you will make a significant difference in other peoples lives and you may just find the purpose you have been looking for all your life, and be changed positively in the process… I know it happened to me! A plane ticket, your heart and your hands, and a few bucks for food and accommodations and you’re in!”
To volunteer in Cuba, please contact Michael Krause, CGR Cuba Project Director by completing this volunteer form through this link or by pressing on the image to the right. Any volunteer questions can be asked to our volunteer coordinator through email here. Some portions of the impacted areas are in recovery mode and we will be working with local partners in the cleanup that are in need of volunteers and immediate relief.
For assistance with your donation or volunteer opportunities, please contact us at 1-403-512-5261. Please consider giving towards our 2017 Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund for Cuba through the button below, or contribute via cheque with the memo line “2017 Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief in Cuba”. Donations enable us to understand the scope of our response to the affected areas, and as we meet immediate needs through local partners.
Information regarding the damage and disaster response assessment of Hurricane Irma in Cuba will be made as soon as possible on our website and social media platforms.