21 November 2012
Red Cross receives DFID funding to support Hurricane Sandy response in Cuba
£850,000 to support Cubans devastated by the Superstorm
The British Red Cross welcomes the Department for International Development’s announcement today that it is providing £850,000 to support people in Cuba devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Through the British Red Cross, the vital aid will go to the Cuban Red Cross whose 3,500 volunteers are providing food, shelter and support to people in need.
Barry Armstrong, British Red Cross Disaster Response Manager, said: “This funding is vital to support tens of thousands of people in Cuba who have been impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
“Many families lost everything – their houses, their belongings, their livelihoods.”
The DFID funds will help meet urgent needs, making a significant contribution towards the Red Cross Appeal for Cuba, which is providing:
• shelter for 15,000 families
• access to safe water for 10,000 families
• essential household items (cooking utensils, blankets, clothing) for 10,000 families
In addition the British Red Cross has sent 2,000 hygiene parcels and essential household items to Cuba, as part of nearly £50,000 worth of support.
The British Red Cross launched an emergency appeal to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy on October 31. Money raised from the appeal will help to meet the greatest unmet need caused by the hurricane.
To support the appeal visit www.redcross.org.uk/hurricanesandy or call 0845 054 7200.
For interviews from either the UK or Cuba please contact Rebecca Lefort in the British Red Cross press office on 0207 877 7548 (or out of hours call 07710391703)
For more information about the Red Cross’s work in Cuba visit: http://blogs.redcross.org.uk/emergencies/2012/11/cuba-interview-being-prepared-for-hurricane-sandy-helped-us-reduce-losses/
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The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives. For more information please visit www.redcross.org.uk