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Donation Goal For This Project is $12,000
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HOLGUÍN—A Canadian Global Response team arrived in Cuba in December to help assess damages as the recovery phase of Hurricane Matthew takes place. With winds reaching 260 km/h (160 mph), Hurricane Matthew dissipated in the middle of October but claimed the lives of between 600-1650 people, and an estimated $14 billion dollars in damages. Apart from Hurricane Ike in 2008, Matthew is the costliest hurricane in Cuba’s history.

CGR relief was situated in the municipality of Maisi, with essentials such as nutritious food, clean water, and roofing materials provided for locals. Michael Krause of Kitchener, Ontario, returned to the affected locations in February 2017 and is serving as project director to help in this capacity, and mobilize other Canadians to assist. He also serves as the CGR Coordinator for the GTA area and SW Ontario.

Michael shares: “I have been to Cuba many times as a tourist until God recently touched my heart, and I believe that my calling is to give back to the people of Cuba. We recently completed a teaching and reconnaissance mission, where we taught a group of Cuban Youth Pastors how to provide their own disaster relief program, to their own people in need.  This course is based on CGR’s principles that have been applied and proven to work well in many parts of the globe, under Abraham Shepherd’s (CGR President) leadership.”

Help Bring a Good Night's Sleep!
 A CGR team is planning to return to Cuba again in May. As of now, roughly $1000 has been raised to be distributed towards needs in the affected areas. Like December, where the relief team listened to the people and observed, and beyond the usual needs of food and roofing, the message was clear: We need mattresses! Stories ranging from people pulling soaking wet mattresses from the garbage fill to sleep on, people having to sleep sitting up in chairs, and entire families having to sleep in one bed IF they still have a functioning mattress.

“We definitely want to continue to address this need via our most cost-effective option,” explains Michael, “which we have determined to be manufacturing them in the Moa area. Moa is less than 100 km from Barracoa, and one queen sized mattress can be manufactured for approximately 75 CUC ($ 100 CDN), while creating local jobs and aiding the local economy at the same time.”

Would you consider helping us provide a Good Night’s Sleep to Cuban families? We’re challenging Canadians to help us raise another $12,000, which will allow us to select 100 families to receive mattresses. This would ensure a dry, sanitary, and comfortable place for everyone in the family to rest and sleep, which all of us surely take for granted in our society. Please press the donate button above to this cause.

May 2017 Summer Camp Rebuild
Looking to volunteer in Cuba? There are only three spots left for a May 21 - May 28, 2017 trip to Holguin, Cuba. Michael and a team are assisting locals to rebuild a Summer Youth Camp destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

They're looking to add a few more people with a good heart, who love to do good and have some construction skills. This is a "vacation with a purpose" trip at a very economic cost. Let Michael know below if you are interested, or you can also join us financially below to the cause or a member on this trip.

Cuba Camp Rebuild Team (May 21-28, 2017)

Contribute to a Team Member

To get in touch with team leader Michael Krause, email him here.


Cuba Update

Cuba Rebuilding Updates
Bringing a Good Night's Sleep in Cuba (Mar 10, 2017)
Bringing a Good Night’s Sleep in Cuba (Jan 17, 2017)
CGR Providing Relief and Training in Cuba (Dec 5, 2016)

Volunteer with Cleanup

Contact Michael Krause, CGR Cuba Project Director through the link below:

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FORT MCMURRAY, CANADA—On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada's oil sand operations. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

Abraham Shepherd, President of CGR, urges Canadians to step forward: “As we mobilize our efforts across Canada, we’re appealing to good conscience Canadians to help us respond with aid to residents of Fort McMurray.” With partners, a disaster relief command centre has been established in Edmonton to help coordinate efforts. General donations to CGR disaster relief efforts in the region can be made through the above "Donate" button, while volunteers are desired through for cleanup (training provided) in the weeks to come. Hampers for evacuee families are also requested and will be matched by donation.

Disaster Recovery Training
13260228_10154148504489326_1147763829018070956_n Looking to volunteer in Fort McMurray? We are offering "Ash-out Training" in Calgary and Edmonton to properly equip volunteers to assist in the upcoming weeks. This training is required for individuals and groups that want to be certified to volunteer with our organization. An ID badge will also be given upon volunteer deployment.

With hands on training, volunteers will learn how to remove trees and debris from neighbourhoods. Sand will be used to simulate sifting through ashes to recover valuables that are returned to families. The $10 fee covers certification, training expenses, lunch and snacks. Schedule: Registration 8:30am-9:30am Morning training 9:30am-12:30pm Lunch (provided) 12:30pm-1:30pm Afternoon training (likely to end earlier) 1:30pm-5:00pm Pre-registration not required, but please press "going" or "interested" on Facebook so we have an idea of how much food to order in advance. Please share this event with friends who might have a free day or weekend to help.

RSVP for Edmonton: Saturday, May 21 RSVP for Calgary: Monday, May 23

Evacuee Family Hampers
fort_mcmurray_hamper_box Here's a great way to love our displaced Fort McMurray neighbours! As they're resettling across Alberta, here are some tangible needs for the upcoming months you can help provide as a hamper: plastic plates, cutlery, towels, toiletries, etc. Please help share this post, and remember to include a handwritten card to encourage the family. We'll also be matching every hamper received... we've already received over 100, can we do 500? Once your box is ready, contact us and we'll pickup to distribute! DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
Fort McMurray Updates
Assistance Needed for Fort McMurray Evacuees (May 8, 2016)
Fort McMurray Wildfire: Volunteers & Donations Requested (May 4, 2016)

Volunteer with Cleanup

Header Photos: Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta / Fort McMurray Wildfires 115, 371, 459, 1194 / May 4, 5, 7, 2016 / CC license, Flickr.[:zh]

FORT MCMURRAY, CANADA—On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada's oil sand operations. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

Abraham Shepherd, President of CGR, urges Canadians to step forward: “As we mobilize our efforts across Canada, we’re appealing to good conscience Canadians to help us respond with aid to residents of Fort McMurray.” With partners, a disaster relief command centre has been established in Edmonton to help coordinate efforts. General donations to CGR disaster relief efforts in the region can be made through the above "Donate" button, while volunteers are desired through for cleanup (training provided) in the weeks to come. Hampers for evacuee families are also requested and will be matched by donation.

Disaster Recovery Training
13260228_10154148504489326_1147763829018070956_n Looking to volunteer in Fort McMurray? We are offering "Ash-out Training" in Calgary and Edmonton to properly equip volunteers to assist in the upcoming weeks. This training is required for individuals and groups that want to be certified to volunteer with our organization. An ID badge will also be given upon volunteer deployment.

With hands on training, volunteers will learn how to remove trees and debris from neighbourhoods. Sand will be used to simulate sifting through ashes to recover valuables that are returned to families. The $10 fee covers certification, training expenses, lunch and snacks. Schedule: Registration 8:30am-9:30am Morning training 9:30am-12:30pm Lunch (provided) 12:30pm-1:30pm Afternoon training (likely to end earlier) 1:30pm-5:00pm Pre-registration not required, but please press "going" or "interested" on Facebook so we have an idea of how much food to order in advance. Please share this event with friends who might have a free day or weekend to help.

RSVP for Edmonton: Saturday, May 21 RSVP for Calgary: Monday, May 23

Evacuee Family Hampers
fort_mcmurray_hamper_box Here's a great way to love our displaced Fort McMurray neighbours! As they're resettling across Alberta, here are some tangible needs for the upcoming months you can help provide as a hamper: plastic plates, cutlery, towels, toiletries, etc. Please help share this post, and remember to include a handwritten card to encourage the family. We'll also be matching every hamper received... we've already received over 100, can we do 500? Once your box is ready, contact us and we'll pickup to distribute! DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
Fort McMurray Updates
Assistance Needed for Fort McMurray Evacuees (May 8, 2016)
Fort McMurray Wildfire: Volunteers & Donations Requested (May 4, 2016)

Volunteer with Cleanup

Header Photos: Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta / Fort McMurray Wildfires 115, 371, 459, 1194 / May 4, 5, 7, 2016 / CC license, Flickr.[:]