July - September 2021
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on August 14, 2021, causing widespread devastation in the country’s southern peninsula. In response, IRT rushed more than 4,400 tarps and 2,500 solar lanterns to families whose homes were damaged or destroyed.
At the end of August 2021, Category 4 Hurricane Ida ravaged Louisiana, caused major damage and destruction to everything in its path, and left 1 million people without power. In response, IRT rushed $100,00 worth of ready-to-eat meals, more than 5,500 tarps, and 2,500 solar lanterns to families devastated by the storm.
California Wildfires Long Term Recovery
In July, a team of eight skilled construction volunteers was deployed to the small town of Paradise in Northern California for two weeks to rebuild homes destroyed by the 2018 Campfire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was IRT’s first volunteer team to deploy since early 2020.
IRT deployed another team of six construction volunteers to Paradise in August, and a team of three construction volunteers in September. IRT will continue to help families who cannot recover on their own by sending construction teams for as long as needed.
COVID-19 Response (Local)
In July, August, and September, IRT delivered more than 133,000 pounds of food to the San Diego Food Bank to help meet the increased demand for food by families impacted by the pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, IRT has delivered more than $1.2 million worth of non-perishable food (more than 660,000 meals) to the food bank.
COVID-19 Response (International)
In August, in partnership with MAP International, IRT delivered three air shipments of critically needed supplies to India to combat the high number of COVID cases in the country. The shipments consisted of barrier gowns, face shields, and N95 masks to protect health care workers, and oxygenators to help COVID patients breathe. IRT has another shipment scheduled towards the end of this month.
The brutal war in Syria continues. Since 2016,IRT had been supplying refugee camps in Lebanon, Turkey and on the Turkey-Syria border with food, sanitation, shelter, and other relief items. More recently, IRT has been supplying hospitals in Idlib province with urgently needed medicines and medical supplies. In June, IRT sent another shipment of desperately medicines to these hospitals.
Fighting Malnutrition in Guatemala
In June, IRT began monthly distributions of food supplements to more than 12,000 young children (ages 6 –24 months) living in vulnerable regions of Guatemala, and who are at risk of malnutrition. IRT health and nutrition teams have worked in Guatemala for more than 27 years, providing food and other humanitarian assistance to more than 373,000 men, women and children in underserved regions.
A shipment of more than $10 million inessential medicines and supplies were delivered to health facilities in Cameroon. This shipment will serve children and families who cannot afford or do not have access to basic medications.