On September 9, 2017, Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1924. The storm caused massive destruction and widespread flooding in northern Cuba. There are reports of extensive agricultural damage, with winds and heavy rain destroying major crops. More than 2.1 million people are in urgent need of assistance.
World Renew is working in partnership with the Cuban Council of Churches (CCC), a member of the ACTAlliance, and is well positioned to respond to the needs in the hardest hit communities. Through a project with the CCC, families in seven of the affected provinces are receiving much-needed assistance to get back on their feet and begin the journey of recovery. The current priority is to address the immediate needs for food, water, and shelter.
This project will provide:
- 800 roofs repaired
- Emergency aid for 3,000 families
- 4,100 families with food assistance
- 5,000 families with hygiene kits households receive hygiene kits
- 300 household water purification systems and installation (each one benefiting 2 households)
- Repair or installation of 15 community water systems
- Opportunities for 20,000 families to participate in post-disaster psycho-social recovery,especially children
- Rehabilitate 500 household businesses