April 12, 2021
La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent continues to erupt forcing families and children to evacuate on cruise ships and to shelters in neighbouring islands. FFP is prepared and working with in-country partners, Caritas Antilles, FEEL and local coast guards to assist the relief efforts from St. Lucia, Trinidad, and Barbados. Current relief efforts involve distribution of food and hand sanitizer to shelters accepting evacuees and distribution of disaster aid kits including blankets, hygiene kits, and kid’s activity books to displaced families. FFP is also actively supporting the aid effort in St. Vincent with local partner, Diocese of Kingstown.
Support affected communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines!
With the COVID-19 vaccination rollout being implemented all around the world, Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC) is working with its in-country partners and the respective Ministries of Health to provide vaccination support to as many communities as possible through the procurement and donation of essential medical supplies.
Through this collaboration, FFPC is determining the needs of each country in order to provide urgently needed items such as syringes, needles, sharps disposal kits, hand sanitizer, PPE, and other requested medical supplies to vaccinate communities safely and quickly.
You can help stop the spread of the virus, and save lives in Latin America and the Caribbean, by supporting FFPC with its vaccination rollout efforts.
Food For The Poor Canada continues to proactively and effectively respond to the pandemic in Caribbean and Latin American regions. Food For The Poor Canada’s emergency response is focusing on providing medical supplies and food. Local partners have expressed concern for the growing food shortages and mounting food insecurity, especially within vulnerable communities. FFPC uses a strong network of Canadian and Caribbean partners rooted in the communities it serves with the capacity for effective and accountable distribution and project management.
Since March 2020, FFPC donors have provided:
- Over 7.8 million meals of dried vegetable soup mix, rice, and beans
- PPE in the form of face shields and hand sanitizer
- 100 hospital mattresses that are made in Jamaica and easily sanitized
- Respiratory spacers, pediatric medicine, first aid supplies, and medical inhalers for individuals with asthma and COPD
Hurricane Eta has caused severe flooding across Honduras, Jamaica and neighbouring countries. Thousands have lost their homes, their possessions and most tragically, loved ones. Roads have become rivers and many families have been stranded without a way to access food or clean water. Families have had to evacuate areas at risk of mud slides and seek shelter elsewhere.
FFPC has been working with our in-country partner CEPUDO during the pandemic to deliver and distribute food aid. Now, this natural disaster has only increased the urgency and need for immediate food and supplies.
Support Hurricane Eta response with FFPC and help families left stranded by the hurricane with food and supplies.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are scrambling to source adequate medical supplies to brace for a surge of patients who will need care. We are thankful for strong leadership and safety nets provided by the Government of Canada and the Canadian healthcare system. Many countries are struggling to cope with this pandemic. For example, health care systems in the Caribbean and Latin America are already fragile and the spread of COVID-19 has the potential to further cripple their health care systems.
Food For The Poor Canada remains committed to helping communities across the Caribbean and Latin America by responding to this crisis with a two-fold approach. Our in-country partners have identified a dire need for hospital equipment and supplies to prepare for the virus and we must ensure that regular shipments of food and medicines are not impacted or halted during this time.
We are working with our partners to source hospital equipment and supplies to help heal patients severely affected by COVID-19. Furthermore, we know that hundreds of feeding enters, local charities, churches and community centres rely on consistent food deliveries through FFPC, so these shipments are even more important at this critical time.
Together, we can support countries facing greater difficulties during this challenging time. We must stick together as a global community, to unite and commit to the health and wellbeing of ALL community members. Please donate today and support Food For The Poor Canada’s mission to help families in Latin America and the Caribbean during this crisis.