Finally yesterday, we got to speak with our partner in Cuba, Los Pinos Nuevos (LPN). The initial response team that was deployed headed to Maisi, on the far eastern end of Cuba, and it took them three days to reach the area. The road to the town was destroyed, so the team had to hike in to assess.
They found that 90% of the homes in the community were uninhabitable. They were the first help to reach the community, and people had run out of food and safe drinking water. The team carried in food and water, and also basic supplies to make a few simple water filters. The local church members were helping one another and sharing what they had with the community. LPN has asked us to help with desperately needed immediate relief supplies.
Access to safe drinking water is a big concern. People are now having to draw water from nearby streams (note yellow water cans in the photo). This week, we have a ReachGlobal staff person heading to Cuba with additional membrane water filters, each one able to serve several families. We will also be doing some initial equipping on the basics of trauma care.
In Baracoa, another town with an LPN presence, the reports of damage are similar. ‘Ciber Cuba’shared this video report of the impacts there. Video Link
In addition to helping these communities with urgently needed safe drinking water and food, with so many households destroyed, there will be an long term need for essentials like cooking pots and utensils, sheets and bedding, and other physical needs. But LPN also has a vision to reestablish a sense of community, help people deal with their emotional trauma, and invest in families and sustainable community development, all in the context of Gospel transformation. So together, we hope to be able to set up longer term community outreach ministry centers in as many of the affected towns as possible. Learn more about the response goals at http://www.efca.org/matthewresponse
- A team is heading back to the affected area this week with more supplies. God, it is a long journey with many difficulties, please give them traveling mercies.
- There are so many people with so many needs. Lord, as you multiplied the loaves and fishes, please do a miracle to make the resources sent stretch to meet all the needs.
- The people in these affected areas have experienced loss and trauma. God of Peace, proved your comfort to those experiencing fear and the after effects of the storm.
- Lord, equip, empower and send Your Church to do Your Work in Cuba. Prompt us in the US to pray for and give to support the work of our Brothers in Cuba.
Mail a check:
EFCA, Attn: Donor Services, 901 E 78th St, Minneapolis, MN 55420.
In the memo line, write: Hurricane Matthew Response – 39693