Humanity First is dealing with unexpected back-to-back disasters in many countries. Our volunteers are on the ground and serving needs of the people impacted by these disasters.
Houston, TX: The initial disaster relief phase is nearly over. So far, more than 270 volunteers from 6 states and Humanity First Canada have served over 600 meals; 25 rescues by boats; gutted & cleaned more than 70 houses; distributed relief supplies including health & hygiene products, cleaning supplies, dry meals and water. We are planning for the second phase of rebuilding.
Jacksonville & Naples, FL: Initial disaster relief phase is still going on and expected to last another week. More than 30 Volunteers are distributing relief supplies and have helped over 20 homeowners with recovery clean-up efforts to make their homes habitable.
Mexico Earthquake: Humanity First disaster response team of 16 including 3 physicians are providing relief in La Nopalera in Morelos state and Mexico City. Relief efforts include distribution of food and water; helping with relocation of residents whose houses are damaged; and emergency relief supplies. Our team is also helping a local organization to establish a shelter to care for more than 200 people.
Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and other Islands in the Caribbean: We have established local contacts and two disaster relief teams is getting ready to travel to Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe to initiate relief efforts.
Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Humanity First is working in collaboration with local authorities in Bangladesh to provide relief to Rohingya refugees from Burma. We have started installation of 6 water wells and water tanks, and construction of toilets at two refugee camps in Bangladesh. In addition, we have established a large scale kitchen where we are serving hot meals to refugees.
Timbuktu, Mali: Timbuktu region in Mali is suffering with drought and sectarian violence where thousands of people are displaced from their homes. Humanity First team distributed 7 tonnes of rice and other relief items amongst the displaced populations.
Kenya & Somalia: Recently Humanity First assisted victims of drought in Somalia and Kenya, by providing them food, water and sanitation facitlities.