I wrote about Bernard Georges effort to provide supplies and relief to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew back in October. Georges is the founder of New Bridges for Haitian Success here in Rhode Island and a graduate of Roger Williams University (RWU).
Thanks to the donations he received here in the state, Georges was able to deliver a full shipping container of food, clothing and bottled water to Haiti.
Georges told me that he and his team of volunteers “distributed 417 bags of supplies, each containing rice, beans, clothes, shoes, soap, toothpaste, flashlight, sanitizer and bottles of water. We took part in a free clinic that provided basic medical supplies. And we distributed school supplies and toys to about 80 Haitian children as schools prepare to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
“With no homes, children and families sleep in the waterlogged streets and thus are confronted with health risks due to illnesses such as cholera,” wrote Georges, “People are still homeless, hungry, vulnerable to the elements and highly traumatized.”
“This was a great relief,” Georges said of the supplies. “They never received any aid, even from the elected officials. They were so grateful to Rhode Island.”
Georges was joined in his effort by Omar Bah, a RWU graduate and board chairman at New Bridges for Haitian Success; RWU Professor of History Autumn Quezada de Tavarez, vice chairwoman of New Bridges for Haitian Success; and Carline Boice, coordinator for New Bridges for Haitian Success. The effort was organized amid concerns that aid would not reach those who needed it, and members of the group used their expertise and local connections to ensure that it would be delivered.
Georges will return to Rhode Island soon where he hopes to have a community dinner to thank those who donated and to generate more donations. He also wants to screen a short documentary about the relief effort.