Cuba Unbound announced last week a plan to donate $200 per guest to aid in relief and recovery efforts for Cuban communities affected by Hurricane Irma.
Donations will be distributed to CARE International, who has set up a specific Irma relief effort.
“To us, Cuba isn’t just a trendy travel destination. We love this country, the people, and communities,” said Brad Moss, Managing Director at Adventure Unbound®, the parent company of Cuba Unbound. “Our modest contribution per guest will not fix everything, but it will help in providing the much-needed support to the local communities beginning to rebuild from this catastrophe.”
Hurricane Irma was a category five when it struck Cuba’s northern coast, damaging thousands of homes and critical infrastructure. Thirteen of the country’s fifteen provinces have been affected, with significant damage caused mostly by flooding.
“We are focusing on the relief first. Luckily, the routes we take on our trips are not affected too much and we’ll have an incredible season in Cuba – but people and communities still need a helping hand so our focus is with them right now,” explained Moss.
Another method is through Oxfam. Oxfam teams are assessing the needs of the most vulnerable people in the hardest-hit areas of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic after Hurricane Irma.
Here’s how to support Oxfam’s regional efforts including support in Cuba.
Your donation to Oxfam’s emergency fund will help the organization respond to urgent need and to rebuild infrastructure and livelihoods.
Oxfam’s immediate concern is damage to sanitation and water infrastructure. Many people didn’t evacuate their homes, so there is still a risk from the rains and flooding. There is an increased risk of cholera due to waste in the flooded streets.
Oxfam has worked in the Caribbean region for over 30 years and has experience in providing safe water, food and shelter, and carrying out sanitation and hygiene work for those people most vulnerable after an emergency strikes.
To learn more about CARE and donate directly: https://www.care.org/newsroom/
To learn more about Cuba Unbound, visit www.cubaunbound.com or call 800-214-0579.