Katrina relief five years later
When Hurricane Katrina struck August 29, 2005, Medical Teams International was one of the first relief agencies to respond to the tragedy. Volunteer medical doctors were on the ground at the New Orleans Convention Center within days, helping to care for patients who had been plucked from roofs and rivers.
Once the flooding subsided, Medical Teams International’s recovery plans turned to the overwhelming task of rebuilding both hearts and homes. In the last two years, 563 volunteers with Medical Teams International have dispensed medicines, gutted homes, roofed houses and counseled grieving families to help rebuild the Gulf Coast.
"I cannot allow the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to pass without my acknowledging Medical Teams International! I want you guys to know that over the past five years your graciousness and generosity to our community, our families and to us has never been forgotten!
As we go about our daily lives we are constantly reminded of you when we pass our homes you assisted in repairing, when we see people who thank us for helping them and yes when we see people who were so stressed that their actions sometimes resulted in what appeared to be ungratefulness!
This community may not ever be able to fully grasp the depth of your help due to the anonymous and humble way in which you came into our lives! However, my having been blessed to have the knowledge of you guys I make sure to give honor to God and to from which our help cometh.
We all send you our love and our thanks for coming into our lives! It doesn't seem like 5 years ago because I can still remember your faces. May God Bless You All!
Moss Point, Mississippi
During the past five years, Medical Teams International has:
- Raised more than $5.67 million dollars in funds and $1.77 million in supplies for Hurricane Katrina relief.
- Provided $1.77 million in medical supplies, hygiene and household items to churches and shelters.
- Sent 77 disaster response teams consisting of 563 volunteers to the Gulf Coast to rebuild homes and provide medical care.
- Helped remove debris/rebuild more than 300 homes in New Orleans and Mississippi.
- Trained 150 teachers, pastors and lay counselors to care for traumatized families.
- Paid $38,000 to fund a mobile medical van and provide flu vaccines for FEMA trailer communities.
Your gift today will help Medical Teams International relief efforts around the world!