MAP Disaster Health Kits: Comfort in times of disaster

Celestina was sound asleep when the winds began to shake her simple home. Within minutes, the water rushed in and she realized that she and her baby were in grave danger.

What Celestina didn’t know was that she was in the middle of Cyclone Idai, one of the most powerful and deadly storms to ever hit Africa last March.

Living in rural Mozambique, she had no warning system and no way to prepare for the winds that reached 175 mph and floods that would displace more than 1.85 million people and claim more than a thousand lives.

All Celestina (shown below) knew--as she grabbed her two-year-old son, Manual--was that she needed help.

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Supporters Big and Small Following Hurricane Dorian

When fourth-grade teacher, Nafi Espana, from St. Simons Elementary located in St. Simons, Georgia wanted to conduct a school fundraiser with MAP to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian, we enthusiastically said yes. Moved by the images of destruction and devastation across Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, the students wanted to help those who lost everything. Dorian narrowly missed the Georgia coast and St. Simons Island; residents knew they had dodged a bullet.

Soon the student’s allowance money and dollars received for “extra chores” began pouring in. Ms. Espana was moved to help her students find an organization that was providing direct relief to people whose lives were devastated by Dorian. MAP’s immediate assistance to the people of the Bahamas was the ideal fit.

What started as a coin drive became a fundraiser where nearly $2,000 was raised to help provide Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to affected residents. Because of their generosity, 200 additional Disaster Health Kits were shipped to the Bahamas. Each kit contains basic hygiene items to help prevent the spread of illness and disease for one person for one week.  

But the elementary students gave more than their money; they showed a level of compassion and caring equal to adults. They proved even the youngest are moved by people who lost everything. God is truly visible everywhere and through everyone.

In addition to the 200 DHKs these children helped send to the Bahamas, MAP has provided:

  • Nearly 14,000 DHKs to the survivors of Grand Bahama and Abaco islands
  • Three Interagency Emergency Health Kits for Project Hope in the Bahamas. These three kits combined will provide enough medicines/supplies to meet the basic medical needs of 30,000 people for 90 days
  • 400 Sawyers filters and 84 Uzima backpack filters were sent with partners Sol Relief and World Hope International due to the growing need for water filtration in the Bahamas. 

Thank you for your support of our efforts to help the people of the Bahamas. Together, we can continue to provide more medicines, relief aid, and Disaster Health Kits to those who still desperately need help.

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MAP Responds to Hurricane Dorian

“Extreme Destruction”     
“Historic Tragedy”     “Devastating”

These are the words being used to describe the Bahamas after they took a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian and remained in its grip for more than 36 hours.

Hitting the islands as a Category 5 hurricane, Dorian’s winds obliterated structures while the waters from the storm surge covered much of the land.

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No one knows how many lives have been lost or how many are left without a home. But the early estimates are truly devastating.

Here is what MAP is doing:

  • MAP has already airlifted 500 Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) to the hardest hit areas.
  • Working with our partner, Sol Relief, another 1,840 DHKs and 200 Sawyer water filters are also on the way.
  • Another 2,160 DHKs were packed and trucked for MAP partner, Project Hope. These will be airlifted to the Bahamas as soon as possible.
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