Photo from River Fund NY, Project # 12071
In late October, Superstorm Sandy swept through the Caribbean and the east coast of the United States, killing close to 200 people in seven countries and causing more than $50 billion in economic losses. In Haiti, the storm caused food shortages and left 200,000 homeless, while in the U.S., Sandy affected at least 24 states, causing particularly devastating flooding and damage in New York and New Jersey.
In the wake of the storm, GlobalGiving partner organizations quickly mobilized to help communities in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Haiti, and Cuba get the basic necessities they need to survive and rebuild after this devastating disaster. Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, nine organizations have received financial support through this fund.
Five organizations are supporting individuals affected in the United States:
- Over 21,000 families that are normally served by Baby Buggy in the New York area were affected by Superstorm Sandy. These families – primarily in the Rockaways, Staten Island, and Coney Island – are now receiving much-needed diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, blankets, coats, portable cribs, and more through your donations.
- The Fuel Relief Fund is distributing free fuel for individuals in need along the New Jersey coastline. Gas and diesel has been distributed to individuals and local organizations for use in generators and vehicles.
- Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) is providing families in New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia with warm winter clothing, coats, shoes, blankets and baby products to replace items lost in the storm.
- The River Fund New York is providing ready-to-eat meals to families in the hardest hit areas of New York City with a mobile food pantry and re-supplying families with necessities like blankets and hygiene kits.
- Save the Children is working in shelters in New York and New Jersey to create Child-Friendly Spaces and provide basic necessities for young children, including nutritious food items, baby blankets, clothing and hygiene supplies.
Four additional organizations receiving GlobalGiving support are working outside the United States:
- Global Links is working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), MEDICC and Cuban health officials to identify needs in hard-hit hospitals and the medical school in Santiago, Cuba. Two shipments of medical supplies are already being shipped, including hospital linens, anti-bacterial soap, and basic medical and infection control supplies.
- International Medical Corps has mobilized to address the healthcare needs of about 10,000 people living in temporary shelters in Haiti, and is expanding its coverage of mobile medical units to respond to both primary care needs and cholera outbreaks.
- Mercy Corps continues to work with farmers in Haiti to help them recover in the wake of Sandy, including working with soil conservation structures to reduce erosion and prevent additional mudslides in their farmlands, as well as providing micro-insurance to ensure that these farmers can rebuild the businesses after the losses they’ve experienced due to this storm.
- World Concern is working with local organizations and churches to provide immediate emergency assistance to families in Haiti. Once initial urgent needs are met, the organization will begin repairing and rebuilding homes and schools damaged by the flooding.
We know how important it is to get money on the ground quickly. So thanks to your generosity, GlobalGiving was able to disburse much-needed funds to the field within one week of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in the United States. We’re committed to keeping you updated on how these funds are being used to help restore people’s lives and livelihoods in the affected areas. You can see a full list of all GlobalGiving partners responding to Sandy here. We’d love to hear your questions or thoughts in the comment section of this report. Thank you again on behalf of everyone whose lives you’re helping to make a little easier after this devastating storm.
Photo from K.I.D.S., Project # 12048
Photo from World Concern, Project # 12012