This message was sent out to all members of the American Association by Camille M. Kelleher, DMOb, Hospitaller, and Kenneth Craig, KM, Vice Hospitaller. Pictured above is Hurricane Dorian on September 1, 2019.
I received a letter today from Ambassador Frank Crothers, who is the Order’s Ambassador to The Commonwealth of the Bahamas. In the letter he stated, “As you will be aware, Hurricane Dorian has caused truly unprecedented devastation in the Bahamas – with the Abaco Islands now a scene of horror given the massive destruction, flooding, and loss of life. Recovery will take years, but emergency relief for those in need in affected areas is required immediately.”
With this call for help, the Order’s emergency relief/humanitarian aid organization, Malteser International- Americas (MI-A) sprang into action. They serve not only North America, but also Latin America and the Caribbean regions as well.
After their initial assessment, MI-A will work in collaboration with the Order of Malta in the Bahamas with the following plan:
- Assisting displaced people who have been evacuated to New Providence/Nassau at the level of existing official shelters. This includes the provision of basic items such as food, water, and hygiene kits/clothes. A special shelter for people with disabilities, located in Nassau, has been identified as a priority for this type of intervention.
- Working in partnership with the local parishes in Freeport and Marsh Harbor to support sheltering and reconstruction efforts of importing building materials. This action would benefit from the Exigency Order approved by the Ministry of Finance to allow importation of selected relief goods through simplified procedures.
The Archbishop of Nassau is supporting our efforts especially in selecting local partner parishes on the devastated islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahamas.
A donation page has now been set up on the American Association website to receive funds toward this effort and I encourage you to give as generously as you can to help those in greatest need. All donations, no matter how small or how large, will be received in gratitude. 100% of the donations received in the New York Office will be turned over to Malteser International-Americas as restricted donations for the Order’s relief efforts, as mentioned in the paragraph above. Please click here to donate.
Thank you for your ministry in serving the less fortunate in the world through the Order of Malta! God Bless You and those you serve!