It's been four and a half months since Hurricane Harvey shattered the homes, livelihoods, and day-to-day normalcy of thousands of people living in Texas causing 84 deaths. Our hearts broke as we witnessed record flooding in the Houston area following record rainfall and thousands were displaced from their home.
Unfortunately, 2017 was an unprecedented year for natural disasters around the world. It is through the generous support of MAP International donors that life after Hurricane Harvey and other disasters was made a little easier for those affected.
Hundreds of thousands experienced the hope of having medicines and health supplies in the most desperate of conditions. You opened your hearts in 2017 and here is what you helped MAP accomplish with Disaster Relief in 2017:
Thank you for your support of our efforts to support survivors of Hurricane Harvey. This project is now closed but you can visit GlobalGiving to view other active projects with MAP International.
Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast over seven weeks ago severely impacting Houston and surrounding areas. Since Harvey made landfall, victims of flooding in Texas have benefitted from more than $1 million in relief supplies provided by MAP International. More than 2500 who were flooded out of their homes received a signature MAP Disaster Health Kit (DHK) which contain antiseptic wipes soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and other essential items to help prevent the spread of disease and illness. Each kit was designed to meet the needs of one person living in a shelter for one week.
A church in Humble, Texas described the assistance they received from MAP International with our local partner, Convoy of Hope one month ago:
Since the flooding began, our team from Grace Church of Humble, Texas has been working 12-14 hour days coordinating up to 3,000 meals a day for people in the hardest hit communities. Our local church even served as a shelter for four days.
Today, Convoy of Hope delivered two pallets of MAP International Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to Grace Church’s warehouse. These supplies are such a blessing to those who are suffering through this disaster. Please let MAP supporters know how much this is appreciated.
We are taking MAP’s DHK supply and an 18-wheeler full of bottled water to a neighborhood whose water system failed during the flood. Sadly, it has not been brought back up. We will also deliver a portion of this large truckload to a rural town that has received very little help. There is so much to do.
The city and the region around us have been flooded with not only rain but an even greater portion of God’s love and the love of our fellow Texans, Americans, and Canadians. It has me close to tears at times to see everyone rally behind us.
MAP International plans to deliver 500 more Disaster Health Kits to those still affected by flooding in Texas. These kits will be included within a large 40-foot truckload of general relief supplies. Please consider a donation to continue to provide Disaster Health Kits to Harvey survivors who are still recovering from this disastrous hurricane.
When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August in Houston, Texas, MAP International was preparing to do what they have done for over 60 years - responding to disasters by providing medicine and health supplies. MAP is tightly focused on preventing the spread of disease and illness. Just two days after landfall on August 28, as devastating rains and flooding continued to destroy parts of the city, MAP sent its first shipment of 1250 Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) to shelters in Victoria, Texas. Disaster Health Kits include antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, a washcloth and other essential items. Each kit is designed to meet the needs of one person residing in a shelter for one week. MAP teamed up with Convoy of Hope, a partner of more than ten years, to deliver these much-needed supplies to shelters and community health clinics.
In addition to the kits delivered immediately after Harvey hit, MAP delivered 1000 more Disaster Health Kits on September 8 for people served by care givers at the San Jose Clinic in downtown Houston. MAP is teaming up with its partner, Project Hope, to provide this assistance.
While the number of evacuees seeking refuge in Houston's emergency shelters has dwindled, many people are still facing dire living conditions. Over 50,000 individuals are now residing in government-paid hotels. With your generous support, MAP plans to deliver more Disaster Health Kits at public drop off points through its partner, Convoy of Hope.
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