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Ontario volunteers send aid to Caribbean relatives 'praying for help, for food and water'

Ontario volunteers send aid to Caribbean relatives 'praying for help, for food and water'
From CBC - September 16, 2017

Local volunteers came out Saturday morning to aid in the much-needed relief effort for victims of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.

The Category 5 hurricane smashed into the easternCaribbean last week, flattening entire towns and leaving locals desperately in need of basic sustenance.

The team, which includedcrewsfrom Global Medic and Air Canada, spent the morning packing and assembling 1,000 family emergency kits made up of240 packets of water purifiers andhygiene items.

"These kits are so important because it's going to give those families about three months of aid," Rahul Singh, Global Medic's executive director told CBC Toronto.

The crucial elements in the kits, the water purifiers, will make up to 2,400 litres three month's worth ofpotable waterfor most families.

"Infrastructure is gone in many of these islands, imagine what these people have to drink. This is the difference between life and death to a lot of folks," Singh said.

Air Canada will fly the packages to Grenada on Monday morning, where they will be cleared and loaded onto a Global Medic boat. The vessel will travel to Torotola, in the British Virgin Islands, where a built-in water purification system on the boat will give peoplenear the port an opportunity to access fresh water.

We went almost a week without hearing from anybody:parents, cousins, aunts, uncles.
- Vanessa Hunt, volunteer

Praying for food and water

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