In the aftermath of the strongest hurricane on record in the Bahamas, 2,500 of people remain unaccounted for and approximately 70,000 people have been left homeless. With our partners in disaster relief, we’re working to provide critically needed humanitarian relief and aid in ongoing recovery efforts.
On September 16, UJA and the Afya Foundation coordinated a one-day humanitarian relief mission to the Bahamas. On a plane provided by a generous donor, we brought life-saving medicine, medical equipment, humanitarian relief, and 600 donated pairs of new Naot shoes. The medicine and medical equipment were received by the Bahamian Ministry of Health and delivered throughout the island to medical professionals and clinics to ensure that their patients receive the care they so critically need. The humanitarian aid was accepted by various NGOs and distributed to communities hardest hit by the hurricane.
Watch a recap of our relief mission here.
We’ve made close to $100,000 in grants to three key disaster response partners: the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Afya Foundation, and IsraAID. Grants are supporting the shipment, delivery, and distribution of critically needed humanitarian and medical aid, development of WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) solutions to ensure water does not become contaminated, and training and education of professionals on the needs of displaced children and how best to support them.
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