Hurricane Matthew (October 2016):

Hurricane Matthew slammed into the town of Baracoa on October 5, 2016. The consequences were devastating: Three thousand homes were demolished, 23,000 others were seriously damaged.

Fifty days of constant rain after the hurricane has exacerbated the situation.

The Friendship Association has responded by sending a 40-ft container full of new mattresses. The container was loaded in Halifax and is scheduled to arrive in Santiago de Cuba on January 2 from where they will be trucked to Baracoa.

The mattresses will be distributed to the most needy.

Please help with our ongoing campaign.

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Other fundraiser initiatives:

Nuance Gallery fundraiser
804 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa
(813) 875-0511

Visiting Cuban artist: Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo

Opening Friday October 14   6-8pm and Saturday October 15 1-3pm

More information


Hurricane Ike (2008):

Response:

Fundraiser in St. Augustine

On October 22, 2008

“Believe in Baracoa” – A fundraiser to benefit the St. Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association

St. Augustine, FL- DOW Advantage, a pre-professional public relations group at Flagler College held a fundraiser at the Gamache-Koger Theater in Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center.

The women’s community service organization from Flagler College, Phi Alpha Omega, contributed a monetary donation to supply the food.

The purpose of the event is to create awareness about the victims of the multiple hurricanes, which devastated Cuba and left our Cuban neighbors with virtually nothing. Proceeds of the fundraiser were given to the St. Augustine Baracoa Friendship Association.

Trip to Canada

Between November 15 and November 19 a group of Friendship Association directors were in Canada to ship from Halifax a 40-ft container destined to hurricane victims in Cuba.


Working with handicapped

PETS

P.E.T is an acronym for Personal Energy Transportation.

The PET Project for Cuba is a collaborative initiative between the St. Augustine Friendship Association and PET-Florida.

PET-Florida is based at the Penny Farms retirement community, and is headed up by Larry Hills.

The goal of PET-Florida is “the GIFT OF MOBILITY for all of God’s people in need”. It is part of their ministry of Jesus Christ, whose disciples said “In the name of Jesus Christ, arise and walk.” Acts 3:6 PET-Florida is a completely ecumenical ministry under the Special Projects Division of the United Methodist Rural Fellowship.

They also serve and work with those whose lord is not Jesus!

PET in Baracoa
PET in BaracoaPhoto courtesy of Georgia Garrett

In October 2003 the Friendship Association delivered the first two PETS to the Baracoan Asociación Cubana de Limitados Físico Motores (ACLIFIM), the Cuban Association of the handicapped, a non-governmental organization that is run by and for the handicapped.

In January 2004, 20 additional PETS were delivered for distribution to 16 rural sites around Baracoa.

Beginning in July 2006, we started delivering spare parts to the Province of Guantanamo.

The Friendship Association tried unsuccessfully to help ACLIFIM establishment of a workshop in Baracoa that would manufacture PETS in Cuba. PET-Florida had agreed to provide technical expertise as well as parts that might be difficult to find.


Medical Aid

Dentistry

High Risk Pregnancy


CNN Hero Award  (2007)

Irania Martinez Garcia (Guantanamo)