I would like to give you a report about First-Hand Aid’s progress in Cuba and what is happening there. Thanks to our loyal friends and volunteers, we are continuing our journey and our mission: to help the people of Cuba. We are profoundly grateful for your support, and, as always, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Many people have recently emailed asking about the changes in Cuba, especially regarding tourism. I can tell you that there are many more tourists than in past visits. There has been a steady increase over the past year. But there’s a more important question: Is this increase in revenue from tourists reaching the people? For many months, I have been saying that life for the Cuban people seems to be getting more difficult. Last Sunday, I read a Washington Post article confirming what I have always believed to be true. If you do nothing more than reading this article, you will understand. Read the Article Here
There were two especially significant events. First, I took a walk with Robin through some of the poorest neighborhoods I have ever encountered in Cuba. The piles of trash were mind-blowing to me. These homes were just getting water service restored after two months without it. Incredible. That was only possible because a man from Spain hired a private crew to install a new pipeline. After 20 years of working in Cuba, I thought I had seen everything. Not so.
Current conditions in Cuba are far more difficult than ever before. Cuba has lost international support resulting in limited or no resources to generate electricity, provide transportation, food or basic medical supplies.
All the staff and families are doing well, and all send their regards. Amid the daily struggles in Cuba, they continue to be happy, gracious, and upbeat. I will continue to keep you updated. Thank you again for your continued support. We are blessed to have friends like you.
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