Two months back, a devastating natural disaster, Hurricane Dorian, had swept up parts of Bahamas, annihilating some islands while doing significant damage to other islands. Hundreds of houses were destroyed: furniture contaminated, electrical appliances broken and strewn across the roads like heaps of garbage waiting to be cleared. Houses were destroyed and Furniture was thrown outside in Bahamas.

Within a couple of hours Human Concern International, a Canadian humanitarian organization, responded to the disaster by releasing a campaign, calling all the local communities and mosques to donate while their team flew to Orlando to buy the relief kits and ship them to Freeport. 

A man named Gerard, who not only got their goods shipped through all security, fast but also provided them with extra security while HCI’s team distributed the goods to the victims of the Hurricane. 

The Government of the Bahamas had increased its security during the disaster by increasing red tape. While thousands became undocumented, homeless and starved in a fortnight, the government strictly held on to its bureaucratic measures by not allowing aid to reach the people of Bahamas.

One of the victims affected by Hurricane shared his story saying.

 “I couldn’t show my family that I was afraid.' 

Malcome shared his amazing feat in surviving the Hurricane. As the water came crashing against his house, he pushed himself against an unlocked window with his dear life. He sang for two hours to God while encouraging his family to be brave as they faced the raging force of the hurricane. Another man shared how he lost his wife and his whole house to the hurricane. 

Next day the team went to meet the person who arranged the shipment to the heart of the disaster zone, Free port. HCI’s team made its way to an area called SeaHorse Village to unpack all the goods that were shipped. Local people from the area came to help as volunteers. Food, such as cans of tuna, noodles, dried food, baby food, etc was provided in 250 boxes ready to be delivered to the ones in need. The team directly delivered the goods in their hands. 

One of the ladies and her kids thanked the organization saying they had seen so many houses broken and shattered. Ceilings were broken, partition inside the houses broken, electrical appliances all useless, and furniture contaminated. Another lady expressed:

“This is the second test- getting my life back together. But I believe everything happens for a good reason. God plans everything and there is good even in calamities. Look how we are receiving all these new things. Thank you God. Thank you HCI for helping us.” 

Donate your share now to the victims of Bahamas and become a part of a great cause!

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Rida Ghaffar