It's truly amazing what has happened to Disaster Aid Canada since our December announcement of our new Canadian operation whereby we have again expanded and opened our own warehouse in Victoria BC.
Your enthusiastic response to our "Canadian" operation and the fact that we will endeavor to purchase "Canadian" goods to fulfill our provisions we send to others, has allowed us to provide five full deployments of aid already in 2012. More than all of last year combined.
We are also working on four more deployment of goods and with your continued financial assistance, we will help more people in more ways than ever before.
Please read below to see where we are going, who we are helping and what a difference we make (sometimes between life and death) to the lives of others who we will never meet and never know.
Regards - Don Ohlgren
2012 – Deployments to Date
1. On January 10th we shipped, by container to Thailand, enough of our Disaster Aid Family Kits to accommodate up to 250 refugees and flood survivors in the Northern part of the country near the Burma border. We are working with "Global Neighbors", a Canadian charity, with an ongoing operation in these areas. They provide support to refugees, the homeless and local communities that have little outside support. We also sent enough drinking water systems to provide up to 5000 people with fresh water. A further 150 Hygiene kits were included. They will be arriving first week of February and we will provide delivery photos of the project. Global Neighbors is currently negotiating with the Myanmar Government generals to provide assistance to the homeless in the Northern Border Areas, and we have offered to provide additional assistance with the support of our donors, on an ongoing basis.
2. January 23rd we shipped to PHILRADS (Philippine Relief and Development Services) through our partnership with The Compassionate Warehouse in Victoria BC. They have sent many goods to these folks before and assistance is particularly critical right now because of the recent flooding. Family Survival Kits for 250 people to start with, drinking water systems for 2500 people and about 200 hygiene kits.
3. Just last week we shipped by container to Ghana over 600 of our new hygiene packs. They are going into a refugee camp with women and children. Imagine the assistance they will get with these soaps, wash cloths and such.
4. January 13th we sent to RCMP officers currently training the Afghan police a setup which will enable them to provide desperately needed family drinking water kits to the locals. This first deployment of ours to Afghanistan with water for 2500 people, Boomer's toque kits and Hygiene kits will all be deployed by our Canadian officers as they travel throughout the country identifying those in desperate need. We have indicated that we will continue to supply these goods as needed. Honduras
5. On Saturday February 11, 2012, 15 members of Global Brigades, University of Victoria branch, flew into Honduras to work with remote villagers and to show them how to attain pure water and better hygiene. Since they could only take what they could fit into their luggage, we provided them with water filtrations systems to provide over 1500 local with pure, fresh water. Another 80 hygiene kits were also fitted snugly into their packing and will be distributed to worthy recipients.