Emergency aid for hurricane victims

20 October, 2016 [Global Care]

Knorr-Bremse Global Care has been providing emergency aid for the inhabitants of Haiti: An immediate donation of EUR 50,000 has offered important assistance in the field of immediate drinking water supply.

A category 4 hurricane hit Haiti last week, devastating many areas of the country. More than 1.4 million people have been directly affected, especially in the south, which is now difficult to reach because many bridges have been swept away. Knorr-Bremse Global Care reacted swiftly and has been funding urgently-needed help and support.

Hurricane Matthew caused many rivers to break their banks, flooding entire areas and destroying sanitary facilities. There is now an acute danger that contaminated drinking water will turn the cases of cholera already identified into an epidemic. There is an urgent need to supply victims with clean drinking water, suitable waste water facilities and emergency shelters.

Knorr-Bremse Global Care has donated EUR 50,000 to the aid organization World Vision, which has been operating in Haiti since 1978. The donation will help fund water purification filters that are being distributed to households. Two waterholes are also being repaired, so that clean water can be rapidly made available. Even as the hurricane hit the country, World Vision was already distributing blankets, hygiene kits, water canisters and purification tablets.

Every year since it was first set up, the Knorr-Bremse charitable organization has been funding aid in the aftermath of disasters. It has been active in Haiti ever since the 2010 earthquake, when it made an immediate donation and subsequently supported reconstruction projects.