Beth Hodges, Senior Marketing Specialist

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Miracles Big and Small After Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael roared across the Florida panhandle leaving behind a swath of destruction of historic proportions. The death toll has grown to 19, and more than 435,000 homes are still without power. First responders are still assessing the damage in many communities.

Panama City Beach had never experienced a storm as powerful as Michael. The hurricane left the city in shambles. Both local hospitals were severely damaged. Those who did not evacuate or left a car behind lost their vehicle when Michael slammed ashore. Their ability to reach a physician, or a pharmacy to get medication has been hampered. Could you imagine not being able to pick up a critically-needed prescription?

Topics: disaster relief hurricane michael florida

Getting Ahead of the Storm: How MAP Plans for Disasters

One year ago today, Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key, Florida as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. As it barreled across the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico, residents fled Irma's dangerous path before it once again made landfall on Marco Island. Homes were destroyed, and millions were left without power as the hurricane continued up the state and into Georgia.

MAP provided thousands of its signature Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to affected residents in both states. DHKs provide essential items to help prevent the spread of disease. Each kit is designed to help meet the needs of one person residing in a shelter for one week.

Senior Partnership Development Officer, Kipp Branch was on the ground one year ago assisting families affected by Irma.

In this interview, Kipp describes how MAP prepares in advance for disasters and then acts immediately to help people in need.

Topics: disaster relief hurricane irma hurricane disaster health kits

God Will Find a Way

For 48 years, Beatrice was unable to look people in the eye. Born in Rwanda with chronic foot deformities, she had crawled her entire life and could not stand.

Flip-flops protected Beatrice's hands as she moved around; she was forced to view the world from the ground up.   

Her parents were desperate to help her.

Life in their remote village in southwest Rwanda offered limited medical assistance beyond traditional healers. Her community ridiculed and marginalized the disabled. Beatrice and her family turned God for help; they believed He would find a way.

Topics: rwanda sutures health supplies

After the Rains Came: Hurricane Harvey One Year Later

When Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston one year ago, residents of the fourth most populous state in the U.S. had little idea they would soon make history. Harvey was a Category 4 storm that caused $125 billion in damage and is the second largest natural disaster in US history behind Hurricane Katrina.

Overnight, thousands of lives were upended when over four feet of rain fell on the area. Disastrous flooding forced 37,000 people out of their homes and into shelters. For those living in shelters, MAP International provided Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to serve those in need.

In the aftermath of the storm, lives were torn apart. Flood waters, mold and loose debris posed serious health threats for many people affected by this tragedy.

Topics: hurricane harvey houston disaster health kits

Guatemala Volcano Update: Why Your Donation Today Matters

The pictures of the little girls who had suffered burns in the aftermath of the Fuego volcano moved members of our MAP staff to tears. With their heads wrapped in protective gauze for burn rehabilitation, one photo in particular stood out.

A little girl was smiling.

Despite losing everything in the lava and ash that buried her village, the young girl found a way to smile. She had likely had lost family members or friends. Her home was gone.

But she had survived.

The medicines and health supplies that MAP shipped to our partners on the ground immediately following the volcano eruption were distributed to local hospitals, clinics, and the disaster site.

These girls benefited from the MAP supplies brought by a medical mission team working with a hospital ministry in Guatemala. The mission team provided burn creams, oral and topical antibiotics, non-stick gauze, and anti-inflammatory medications – all a blessing following such a disaster.

The devastating eruptions of the Fuego volcano that started June 3 have left 112 people dead, thousands displaced and nearly 200 still missing. The medical needs of the survivors of the Guatemala volcano are expected to last for months.

Because of your generous support, MAP was able to provide immediate assistance to those in need in Guatemala.  

And this is why your continued support is greatly needed with our Matching Gift campaign.  Please consider a donation to MAP to help us replenish our supplies of vital medicines and health supplies.

When you make a gift to this special campaign, your gift will be matched. We’re close to achieving our goal of raising $100,000. Your gift might be the difference between MAP fully realizing this matching gift challenge and not. That’s how close we are.

In order for your gift to be matched, we have to receive it between now and June 30. This is such an easy way to double the impact of your gift.

Thank you for all you do for MAP and for people in need around the world. 

Double Your Donation Today  

Topics: guatemala volcano matching gift

Medicine and Hope in Honduras

When members of MAP staff walked into the clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, they were surprised by the long line of patients. Many of those waiting were local farmers or fishermen and had traveled for hours to the community health center hoping to see a doctor, or to obtain much-needed medicine. 

The line of patients wrapped around the waiting room and out the door.

Topics: Health Medicines Honduras

Sowing Into Good Soil

At times the days were long and the nights felt endless.

Marcia was living out of her car - homeless, lonely, and needing medical assistance. Her inability to get her diabetes medication brought fear and anxiety. She suffered from depression.

But Marcia knew there was one place she could go, a location she could count on to get help. The Good Samaritan Health Center was a beacon of hope in Marcia’s darkest times. The community health center located on the west side of Atlanta offered free medications, physician’s visits, and a hot meal.

“When folks come here, they are treated like real people. We’re not just put on the back burner. We’re treated like Christ would’ve treated us.”  Marcia Emerson

Topics: partnerships Good Samaritan Health Center

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