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Huricane Katrina Relief

Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast region on August 29, 2005 as a Category 4 storm. With storm surges up to twenty feet high, levees broke around New Orleans and flooded the city for weeks, killing thousands of people and leaving millions more displaced. Mississippi and Alabama were also hit by the hurricane, destroying whole towns and leaving wreckage at every corner.


Humanity First Approach

Humanity First USA acted quickly in this disaster, sending in teams of medical personnel and cartons of tents, food, and water to help those in need. With thousands needing medical care, Humanity First joined services with the Red Cross in Gonzales, Louisiana and the National Guard to set up temporary relief clinics. Humanity First also collaborated with Continental Airlines to provide free tickets and suitcases to help displaced victims with their transportation needs.


  • Teams of physicians flew in from around the United States and provided care to 1084 victims
  • Humanity First made 55 supply runs to the Mt. Zion Baptist church and other area shelters, providing food, water, diapers, paper products, etc
  • Humanity First provided transportation to several hundred displaced victims by transporting them to government offices, bus stations, and places of employment
  • Humanity First donated and helped setup a wireless network at Baker City School system in Louisiana
  • Humanity First provided $10,000 worth of winter coats for 300 students at Plaquemine Parish Schools in Louisiana

Next Steps

Humanity First is currently working on Phase 2 relief project which includes helping two schools and assisting families in rebuilding process. Volunteers are assisting in finding families to adopt displaced victims as well as starting a program to assist school children affected by the disaster.


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Global Reach

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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.

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Return on Investment

92% Return on Investment

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.

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