We are happy to be back bringing you the latest Cuba news to your inbox! We wish everyone a safe and healthy September.
Our friends at 90 Miles Podcast published their third episode this week! This week’s episode features Google Cuba’s Susanna Kohly and award-winning Cuban singer Daymé Arocena. Check it out here!
The Care Lab is a new project under development by the team of CDA’s close colleagues, the Platform for Innovation and Dialogue with Cuba. The Care Lab is currently hiring a remote Digital Media/Communications Intern. For the full position description and instructions on how to apply, visit the Care Lab’s website.
Cuba experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases this week, with 638 positive COVID-19 cases at the time of publication. Cuba’s total number of deaths since March has increased to 100. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.
For the past few weeks we have been featuring Cuban and Cuban-American economists and engagement advocates in our news blast. In the coming weeks, we will interview next generation Cuban-Americans doing incredible work we admire. This week we interviewed Cherie Cancio, one of the founders of the CubaOne Foundation and CubaOne’s Chair and Program Leader on the Board of Directors.
Before this week’s news, an interview with Cherie Cancio
CDA: What is the CubaOne Foundation? What’s your role at CubaOne?
Cherie: CubaOne Foundation gives the gift of a 7 day trip to Cuba to Cuban-Americans ages 22-35. We seek to foster, encourage, and promote dialogue and cooperation between the United States and Cuba by offering a new generation of Cuban-Americans the opportunity to interact with the Cuban people and experience Cuba through high-impact, curated trips. We achieve impact through four focus areas: 1) Engagement, 2) Reconciliation, 3) Community and 4) Heritage. I am a Founder of CubaOne and serve on CubaOne’s Board of Directors as Chair and Program Leader.
CDA: What inspired you to help start CubaOne?
Cherie: CubaOne was born out of and inspired by the reestablishment of diplomatic and business ties between the U.S. and Cuba. Fueled by the possibilities of rapprochement with the United States and the emotional distance wrought by time, children and grandchildren of exiles were traveling across the Florida Straits in increasing numbers. There was so much healing and positive discussion that was happening. We sought to build a nonprofit seeking to bridge our community here in exile with that of the Cuban people on the island.
By offering young Cuban-Americans free trips to Cuba we were embarking on a life changing journey focused on exploring issues of identity and personal heritage, and building connections with our Cuban peers. We modeled our program TuCuba after Birthright Israel, the organization that has sent hundreds of thousands of young Jews to visit Israel since 1999.
To continue reading the full interview with Cherie Cancio, visit the “U.S.- Cuba Relations” section.
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