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 $14 billion dollars in damages. Apart from Hurricane Ike in 2008, Matthew is the costliest hurricane in Cuba’s history.
CGR relief was situated in the municipality of Maisi, with essentials such as nutritious food, clean water, and roofing materials provided for locals. Michael Krause of Kitchener, Ontario, returned to the affected locations in February 2017 and is serving as project director to help in this capacity, and mobilize other Canadians to assist. He also serves as the CGR Coordinator for the GTA area and SW Ontario.
Michael shares: “I have been to Cuba many times as a tourist until God recently touched my heart, and I believe that my calling is to give back to the people of Cuba. We recently completed a teaching and reconnaissance mission, where we taught a group of Cuban Youth Pastors how to provide their own disaster relief program, to their own people in need. This course is based on CGR’s principles that have been applied and proven to work well in many parts of the globe, under Abraham Shepherd’s (CGR President) leadership.”
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“We definitely want to continue to address this need via our most cost-effective option,” explains Michael, “which we have determined to be manufacturing them in the Moa area. Moa is less than 100 km from Barracoa, and one queen sized mattress can be manufactured for approximately 75 CUC ($ 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.
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