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More donations underway

While the first load of Hurricane relief supplies from Cayman made it to Haiti by air, future shipments will go by sea.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter speaks to an organiser of the relief effort about the logistics of assisting well over a-million people still suffering from Hurricane Matthew.

“We really saw first hand, just how things are over there and its very saddening,” said Local Activist, Matthew Leslie.

Organizer Matthew Leslie has delivered the first 10 tonnes out of many to Haiti and says waiting to get the paper work in order is the best thing he could have done.

“Now the reports are coming in from the ground of the supplies getting out to people, getting feedback from the communities that we were in touch with in Haiti, supplies are getting to them and twenty thousand pounds of supplies is a lot and that does a lot of good for people,” said Mr. Leslie.

More supplies will be going into Haiti, no longer by plane, but by sea

“We’re going to be getting containers, we’ve already gone through the documentation and all the permits and everything to ensure that these items get into port au prince, safely and get turned over to operation blessings international, at the same time, we’re working with partners in cuba to ensure what we send to cuba  will also reach the people affected,” said Mr Leslie.

There are reports of American charities not getting through, so Matthew has decided to find a charity organization in Cuba, one that is as reputable as operation blessings.

“We are going to be working with a different group  at this moment we are vetting, because one of the things is to make sure that, whatever charity group we work with, we want to make sure we’ve investigated them to make sure that these are the proper people, just like we did with Haiti,” said Mr. Leslie.

The containers are being loaded with supplies, within the next couple of days the paper work should be ready for the aid to reach Cuba and Haiti.

The pop up donation drop off will be re-opened in the next couple of weeks.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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