FOREST, Va. – Christian humanitarian organization World Help is organizing a preemptive disaster relief response for victims of Hurricane Irma. The organization is working with partners in Cuba and Puerto Rico to immediately provide humanitarian aid as Hurricane Irma descends on both countries in the next 24 hours.
“Upon learning of Hurricane Irma’s projected path, World Help decided to take immediate action and make preparations to assist the people of Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico as they brace themselves for this storm,” said Mark Hogsed, World Help’s vice president of international programs. “We’ve had extensive partnerships in this region for a long time, with some programs going back decades. This is their time of need, and we want to be ready to help.”
Nearly a year ago, in October 2016, World Help sent containers with food, medicine and blankets to Cuba after Hurricane Matthew devastated that nation’s shorelines and left dozens of families without shelter. The organization also rebuilt homes in Haiti, which were demolished by the storm.
In addition to its international humanitarian work, World Help also is responding to the flooding in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey dropped record amounts of rainfall and left countless people homeless. World Help is partnering with relief teams on the ground to provide emergency supplies to shelters in the Houston area, helping those who’ve lost their homes and loved ones.
World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. Since its inception in 1991, World Help has delivered humanitarian aid to more than 79 million people in 70 countries.