HURRICANE DORIAN 2019
UPDATED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020 12:49 PM EST
Hurricane Dorian swept into the Bahamas in September 2019 as a Category 5 hurricane in September 2019 and lingered over the islands as a powerful storm, destroying property and submerging entire towns. Many people are still without power, clean drinking water, and do not have access to basic necessities. It is still not known when sufficient power or water access will return to areas that were hit the hardest.
Immediately following the storm, Matthew 25: Ministries completed a series of airlifts to the Bahamas utilizing transportation generously provided by The Connor Group in Miami Township, OH. Volunteer doctors accompanying the team were able to provide medical care and consultation to orphanages and shelters caring for children and adults affected by the storms.
In February 2020, Matthew 25: Ministries led a team of staff and volunteer healthcare professionals to host medical clinics and distribute food in communities that otherwise may have little to no access to adequate healthcare. The needs in these areas are great, and during the trip, approximately 500 patients were consulted by medical and eye doctors to address illnesses that have gone untreated since the hurricane. Additionally, approximately 800 meals were distributed to members of impacted communities.
Since the storm, Matthew 25 has shipped more than 50,000 pounds of life-saving products to partners in the hardest-hit areas of the Bahamas. These shipments include desperately needed supplies such as food, water, personal care items, cleaning supplies, diapers, and more. Matthew 25 will continue shipping containers of disaster relief supplies into the Bahamas as long as a need exists. The devastation is severe and comprehensive and Matthew 25 anticipates long-term support.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card, and online donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs.