As part of its global effort to provide assistance in various areas of the world, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) deployed its extensive network of volunteers, logistics and resources to give aid to those affected by Hurricane “Dorian” in the Bahamas.
INC conducted an Aid to Humanity event in the Caribbean Island on Sept. 29, 2019, weeks after Dorian, a Category 5 storm, made landfall in the area.
Dorian left around 600 missing people and damaged property worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Through the leadership and initiative of INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, we were able to provide aid to approximately 3,000 persons affected by the hurricane,” INC Auditor General Glicerio Santos Jr. said.
Santos added that they were able to distribute relief goods and care packages that included rice, noodles, and various canned products such as sardines, tuna, corned beef, sausage and pasta. Around 3,000 ready-to-eat packed meals were also given away.
The Aid to Humanity drive, led by the INC’s Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, gave additional financial assistance to several individuals and institutions, including Dr. Conville Samuel Brown, Westminster College, Coastline Community Care Nursing Home, Ranfruly Home for Children, Good Samaritan Home, Home for Homeless, Filipino Community Organization, the Public Hospitals Authority, and the Persis Rogers Home for the Aged.
The INC provided crucial assistance to victims of Hurricane “Sandy” in the US east cost in 2012 by donating $150,000 to the New York City Police Foundation, the FDNY Foundation, the Bellevue Hospital Center, and the Coney Island Hospital.
In 2017, the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation set up an extensive Aid to Humanity effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas by providing groceries, cleaning supplies, and toiletries to affected residents.
“Our aim is to help where it is needed, wherever in the world, at the soonest possible time. Aid to Humanity is available to everyone, INC members and non-members alike. It’s INC’s way of addressing the need for emergency assistance in the face of natural disasters and calamities,” Santos said.