Shaylin Sluzalis & German Parodi spent 11days in GrandBahama last month and they're going back, this time to Nassau where thousands of disabled & seniors R displaced now 3months since Hurricane Dorian struck!
We're aiming to fundraise $10,000 as soon as possible to accomplish a second deployment to the Bahamas- one doctor serving over six thousand people spoke to us after reading our Initial Report, and told us there is a great need for our disability and senior citizen-focused work we do.
During the first week of December, we plan to spend several days in the Capitol of the Bahamas, Nassau to meet with government representatives, Disabled Persons Organizations, and disabled and older disaster-impacted individuals who have evacuated to Nassau. Finishing up back to Grand Bahama for follow-up assessments, further distribution, and closing up our immediate relief operation. We will further empower local Disabled Persons Organizations with the independent living philosophy and UN Disaster Risk Reduction principles while conducting individual assessments to identify the unmet needs of persons with disabilities and older adults impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
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After Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahama Islands, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (The Partnership) deployed Co-Executive Directors, Shaylin Sluzalis and Germán Parodi on a Portlight mission, to Grand Bahama to assess the needs of persons with disabilities and older Hurricane Dorian survivors. During our 11-day deployment, we met with over 100 survivors, and Bahamian Disabled Persons Organizations, local services, government entities, and relief entities. We empowered the disability community resilience for emergency preparedness, disability pride, and the independent living philosophy in Grand Bahama within just 11 days! and in the long-term establishing the first Center for Independent Living in the Bahamas. Since we've been back in the States, we've successfully coordinated 6 pallets of durable medical equipment and consumable medical supplies for disabled and older Hurricane Dorian survivors in the community, and 18 pallets of supplies and equipment donated by Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) for the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama petitioned by Bahamas Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands.
We continue to coordinate supplies and equipment, and distributing items and supplies through our colleagues on the ground - you can follow those updates here.
Thank you for your support and commitment to the freedom and independence of all persons with disabilities and older adults.
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