March - May 2021
COVID-19 Response (Local)
San Diego Food Bank - In March, April and May, IRT delivered shipments to the food bank worth a total of $239,000. The combined shipments included 360,528 cans of tuna, pinto beans, black beans, and mixed vegetables. Since May 2020, IRT has delivered more than $877,000 worth of non-perishable food to the food bank.
COVID-19 Response (International)
India – In partnership with MAP International, IRT is sending an air shipments of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to India, to protect health workers now being overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID cases in this stricken country. The first shipment consists of approximately 60,000 protective gowns, and was delivered to St. George’s Hospital, in the hard–hit city of Mumbai in Maharashtra State.
Rohingya Refugee Crisis – Bangladesh
Since 2017, an on-going campaign of extreme violence in Rakine State, Myanmar, has forced the Rohingya people to seek refuge across the border in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The camps now number almost 1,000,000 people. On March 22, 2021, a large fire swept through three refugee camps, consuming 500 acres and destroying 10,000 encampments. In response, IRT provided $50,000 to our onsite partner, Concern Worldwide, for the acquisition of food, water, shelter items and other relief supplies needed by Rohingya refugee families impacted by the fires.
Soufrière Volcano Eruption - St. Vincent
On April 9, 2021, La Soufrière Volcano erupted. Damage was extensive to agriculture, homes and the island's tourism industry. To meet the immediate needs of displaced families, IRT provided $30,000 for the local purchase of 500 family food kits (which gave a family of five enough food for a week), and another $6,000 for 500 cases of water (each case contains 24 -500ml bottles of water).
IRT shipped another $11,389,870.97 in medicines in May to the impoverished and landlocked African country of Niger.
The 14-year civil war in Liberia left its healthcare system in disarray. In a country of 3.5 million people, there are only 122 physicians, or one doctor per 28,000 patients. In April, IRT shipped $17,783,810.96 in medicines to the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia to help alleviate shortages.