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Giving Children Hope Responds to Devastating Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas with winds up to 130 mph and rain levels hitting record highs on Friday. Throughout the day, we remained in contact with our partners in the Houston area to better understand the damage and the needs.

After discussing with our partners throughout the weekend, we knew we would be preparing relief items to send to victims of the hurricane. With 24 years of experience responding to natural disasters both internationally and domestically, we aim to provide ongoing relief and most-needed support for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

What did we learn from Katrina?

The below blog was written by Minor Sinclair, Director of the US Regional Office at Oxfam America.

It’s hard not to see Harvey, which hit land as a Category 4 Hurricane and then became a prolonged, enormous rainstorm, as a disaster that parallels to Hurricane Katrina, which struck nearly exactly this date in 2005. Minor Sinclair was on the ground in 2005, and offers insights on the challenges facing Houston.

BBF Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) working with Gleaning For The World (GFTW) out of Richmond, Virginia is following the effects of Hurricane Harvey in the United States. GFTW, with the help of BBF, has positioned seven tractor trailer loads of cleaning supplies, thermo-blankets, and bottled water to be sent to nonprofits located in Dallas and Houston, Texas. Based on continuing needs, additional tractor trailer loads will follow. BBF is also working with colleague charity Medical Bridges based in Houston, Texas.

International Orthodox Christian Charities Responds to Devastation of Hurricane Harvey

August 28 (Baltimore, MD) The National Weather Service predicts an additional 50 inches of rainfall in the Houston area, potentially causing loss of life, extensive property damage, and hardship for the residents of the US’ fourth-largest city. Fatalities are estimated to be five people, with thousands more displaced across Southern Texas and Louisiana. "The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before," the weather service said. "Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days."

A Young Life Saved in Somalia

The below was written by Ahmed Kheyr and Ahmed Mohamud of the International Medical Corps.

One-and-half-year-old Farhiya sat in her mother’s arms at an International Medical Corps facility. She was unable to move, unable to smile, unable to even cry.

Her mother, Duniyo, travelled more than 10 kilometers to bring Farhiya to International Medical Corps’ Intensive Stabilization Centre in Galkacyo town, Somalia.

Co-ops Combat Hurricane Damage

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, electric cooperative crews in Texas moved quickly to assess damage and rebuild ravaged systems, but cautioned that full restoration could take weeks, in some cases.

“In the Rockport-Aransas Pass area it looks pretty bad,” said Ronald D. Hughes, CEO and general manager of San Patricio Electric Cooperative. “Restoration in that area is going to take up to two weeks or longer to get equipment in there and change out everything we need to replace.”

The U.S. Foreign Assistance Redesign: A Process That Must Include Civil Society

The author of this blog is Mónica de Pinto Ribeiro Hancke, the Advocacy Manager at Women Thrive Alliance. 

The original post of the blog can also be found on the Women Thrive Alliance website