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Cayman aid lands in Haiti

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Ten tons of donated supplies took off Sunday (16 October) bound for Haiti in order to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

“I think this operation is just incredible,” said Bill Hand of Operation Blessing International, the charitable organisation helping those in Cayman coordinate relief efforts. “It’s an amazing outreach of goodwill. The people of the Cayman Islands reaching out in solidarity to their brothers and sisters in the beleaguered nation of Haiti.”

The donations are a start in helping Haiti’s 10.3-million people who are recovering from the storm.

Cayman 27’s Kevin Morales has this report.
“We have almost 10 tons of supplies in the plane,” local coordinator Matthew Leslie said. “Another 20 tons of supplies to send off by sea. These are needed supplies for Haiti. They have been devastated.”
Donations include medical supplies, food, sanitary goods, children’s items.
“Haiti is a rough place in the best of times,” Mr. Hoan said. “Hurricane Matthew made a bad situation much worse.

“The fact that the people in the Cayman Islands care about the people in Haiti and love them even though they don’t know them. That’s gonna go along way in the hearts of the people of Haiti.”
That’s not exactly true for Haiti national Yves Fontaine.

“This is a wonderful thing that happened with the help of many people here in the Cayman Islands. I have my sister and my father, my nephew to come from La Cayes to come to the capital now to go and meet us today so his is something that is priceless to me.”
The shipment originally was supposed to leave last week, but was delayed to file the proper paperwork with the Haitian government.
“We’re perfectly positioned to distribute these supplies and make sure they wind up in the hands of those that need it most.
Music to the ears for all those in Cayman who donated who volunteered to help pack up the donations.

“We had people there just working,” Community Affairs Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden said. “My wife included. Volunteers — sorting, boxing and labeling that stuff because it was all done properly.”
And with the recovery efforts just getting off the ground, there’s still plenty you can do in Cayman to help our neighbors to the east.

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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