As villages in Bangladesh continue to recover from the horrific Cyclone Sidr that landed in the country two weeks ago, aid continues to flow from nations around the world – but there is still much action needed. Humanity First has been assigned to provide a range of services to the devastated and stricken area of Rangabali, 40 kilometers south of Patuakhali.
Silver Spring, MD, December 05, 2007 --(PR.com)-- As villages in Bangladesh continue to recover from the horrific Cyclone Sidr that landed in the country two weeks ago, aid continues to flow from nations around the world – but there is still much action needed. Humanity First has been assigned to provide a range of services to the devastated and stricken area of Rangabali, 40 kilometers south of Patuakhali.
Ongoing services in Rangabali include medical assistance for trauma, minor injuries, and prevention, hot meals provided twice a day to 1200 people, distribution of packs consisting of rice, oil, lentils, salt, candles, and matches to 5000 people, along with giving away 20,000 2-litre bottles of drinking water. With continued support, Humanity First plans to give out warm clothing and corrugated metal to assist in building temporary shelters for the cold months ahead.
Humanity First called a national press conference on Friday, November 30, in Dhaka to alert aid organizations of the need for continued aid and support in the country, and to collaborate with national leaders. Leaders addressing the government at the press conference included Ibrahim M. Noonan, Humanity First team leader, Abdul Rahman, Humanity First Coordinator for Relief Operation in Bangladesh, and representatives from Humanity First UK and Canada.
Ibrahim Noonan stated the need to work on a long term basis for the rehabilitation of the people in the coastal areas. He outlined the work laid out for Humanity First: “Schools are destroyed and there is a lack of good doctors. We have plans to improve schools and set up medical centers.”
Also in attendance at the press conference was the Honorable Jim Karygiannis, member of the Canadian House of Commons. He spent the last week surveying the progress made by aid efforts in the disaster stricken area of Rangabali. Commenting on Humanity First’s work in the region, he was very impressed with the aid that the team had delivered thus far.
While Humanity First teams comprised of doctors and volunteers from Canada, UK, and USA continue to serve the victims of the cyclone, there is a continual need and urgency for more support from the international community. Local and national efforts along with the press conference have been greatly instrumental thus far, and Humanity First is working to provide maximal assistance.
Humanity First, USA, a 501(c) 3- registered charity, is the US chapter of Humanity First International (http://www.humanityfirst.org.uk), which was established in the early 1990's to restore disaster-stricken and under-developed and vulnerable communities around the globe. Humanity First USA is a leading non-profit relief organization whose board of directors, management team, and project staff running the day-to-day operations are all unpaid volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds including business, healthcare, and education sectors. All personal expenses are met by the volunteers to maximize the use of funds raised and donated for those in need. As of today Humanity First USA has expanded to 19 countries worldwide.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.