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British Virgin Islands: Convoy distributes food other supplies worldwide

Country: British Virgin Islands Source: Convoy of Hope Hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated much of the British Virgin Islands in 2017. Convoy of Hope s Disaster Services quickly deployed teams and sent emergency food, water, and supplies to survivors. Because of the devastation to the country s infrastructure, the most effective way to help families was to charter a massive ship outfitted with hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh water, 3 million meals, and tons of relief supplies. How we get food, water, and relief supplies to their final destinations can vary for each of our programs: For Community Events and Rural Compassion Initiative, we transport relief almost always via trucks. Our fleet of semis and tractor-trailers does the majority of the hauling, though we occasionally contract the work out if a response is particularly demanding. For our international initiatives Children s Feeding, Agriculture, and Women s Empowerment distribution is as unique as the countries they arrive in. Planes, barges, boats, trucks, and cars can all play a part in getting food, water, and other supplies to the more than 1,300 communities we work in throughout 18 countries. Disaster Services can fall into either category. If a disaster occurs in the U.S., supplies usually arrive by truck. If it is an international disaster, they can arrive in a variety of ways, including by boat! Oftentimes, supplies are purchased within the country itself or in a neighboring country to expedite the process. (It can take weeks for a container to ship from the U.S.) Since 1994, we ve used donkeys, tractor-trailers, airplanes, forklifts, skidsteers, boats, and good old-fashioned humanpower to deliver relief to some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth. We re not afraid to go to great and creative lengths to make sure the hungry are fed. During Convoy of Hope s response to hurricanes Maria and Irma, the opportunity to do something big really big appeared on the horizon. Convoy of Hope chartered the Roger White, a 300-foot shipping vessel, to bring $2 million worth of food, water, and relief supplies to the islands residents.


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