ACT Appeal Cuba: Hurricane Dennis emergency assistance - LACU51

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Appeal Target: US$ 370,775
Geneva, 29 July 2005

Dear Colleagues,

Hurricane Dennis, a category IV hurricane, lashed Cuba between 7 - 9 July causing heavy rains and flooding . The Hurricane devastated 11 provinces and caused the evacuation of 1.5 million people. In spite of all the preparedness measures taken by the Civil Defence and the early warnings issued, sixteen persons died. The estimation of the damages is huge. More than 8 million inhabitants of the Island were affected and 120,000 homes were damaged to different degrees from complete destruction to minor damages. Agricultural production has suffered such severe and comprehensive damage that it has resulted in an immediate and direct impact on the food security of the country. This is the fourth year in a row that Cuba has been seriously hit by hurricanes.

ACT member the Cuban Council of Churches (CIC) is planning to assist the most vulnerable affected population in four municipalities in the province of Granma, which was the most severely affected. Granma province is located in the eastern part of the country and agricultural activity is the centre of its economy. CIC has prepared this preliminary appeal to respond to the most immediate needs of the affected population. They are proposing to provide food assistance (canned food), bedding and hygiene kits, sewing kits and mattresses to 400 families. They also intend to support elderly people and pregnant women that are located in public institutions in the province. CIC will welcome in-kind donations of the items specified in the appeal.

The ACT CO, in consultation with CIC, will deploy a CAT team of two persons, who will support the CIC in further assessment of the needs for the crisis and rehabilitation phase and to set adequate systems for the handling and recording of the in-kind donations. The team will visit Cuba for one week from 5 August to 12 August.

Project Completion Date: 31 January 2006

Summary of Appeal Targets, Pledges/Contributions Received and Balance Requested

Total Appeal Target(s)
Less: Pledges/Contr. Recd.
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance

Please kindly send your contributions to either of the following ACT bank accounts:

US dollar
Account Number - 240-432629.60A
IBAN No: CH46 0024 0240 4326 2960A

Euro Bank Account Number - 240-432629.50Z
IBAN No: CH84 0024 0240 4326 2950Z

Account Name: ACT - Action by Churches Together
8, rue du Rhône
P.O. Box 2600
1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND
Swift address: UBSW CHZH12A

Please also inform the Finance Officer Jessie Kgoroeadira (direct tel. +4122/791.60.38, e-mail address of all pledges/contributions and transfers, including funds sent direct to the implementers, now that the Pledge Form is no longer attached to the Appeal.

We would appreciate being informed of any intent to submit applications for EU, USAID and/or other back donor funding and the subsequent results. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.

White Rakuba
Director, ACT Co-ordinating Office

ACT is a global alliance of churches and related agencies working to save lives and support communities in emergencies worldwide.

The ACT Coordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.

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