Considered the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, Hurricane Dorian devastated portions of the northern Bahamas. Gusting winds in excess of 185 mph ripped off roofs, overturned cars and dropped more than 30 inches of rainfall, causing storm surges up to 20 feet high.
This Category 5 hurricane took the lives of at least 50 people, while more than 2,500 others are registered as missing. It also severely damaged or destroyed more than 13,000 homes.
To provide immediate help, Hand of Hope is partnering with Convoy of Hope to reach thousands who have lost their homes and are without basic necessities in the wake of the storm. On Sept. 2, the day after Hurricane Dorian made landfall, teams arrived in the Bahamas to distribute food, water, hygiene items, water filters, solar lights and other disaster-relief supplies.
Through our partnership with Mercy Chefs, we are providing thousands of hot meals each day to those who have been displaced. We have also transported three water filtration units to the Bahamas, capable of providing 21,000 gallons of clean water a day.
Hand of Hope is also partnering with Water Mission to provide an additional 10,000 gallons of safe, fresh water each day, along with emergency generators, water-treatment packets and other necessary supplies.
In addition, we are working with organizations like Christ Fellowship, who is continuing to send in more teams throughout the week and deliver emergency supplies to as many people as possible.
Because of your support, we have been able to make an immediate impact in the Bahamas and provide critical help for those who need it the most. We ask you to pray for all those who have been affected by this disaster and for the safety of our teams on the ground.
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