A message from Mauricio Vivero, from Friends of Caritas Cuba:
I am writing to you with an urgent request. On Sunday, a tornado ripped through Havana killing four people and injuring more than 195 residents. With wind speeds of up to 100km/hr (60 mph), the first tornado to hit the city in decades destroyed 123 buildings and cut power in poor neighborhoods.
Caritas Cuba staff have responded immediately and are coordinating support for the victims. The short-term need is to provide water, food, warm clothes and shelter for the victims. The longer-term focus will be to repair damaged or destroyed homes.
Please support this effort by making a donation to Friends of Caritas Cuba, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official U.S. partner of Caritas Cuba.
From CDA, other ways to help: Several artists are collaborating on a benefit concert in Havana Saturday and OnCuba compiled a list of ways to donate funds and resources.
CDA hosted a high-impact delegation of U.S.-based women leaders on a trip to Havana, Cuba from January 17-21, 2019, to discuss the national security implications of the U.S.-Cuba bilateral relationship. The diverse group was composed of women leaders in defense, diplomacy, and development – many of them with former U.S. government experience – who met with a wide range of women on the island, including Cuban officials charged with national security and bilateral relations with the United States, and Cuban entrepreneurs, artists, and community leaders. The group explored the current state of U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations, the impact of recent U.S. policies on the island, and the challenges and opportunities for U.S.-Cuba collaboration on matters of U.S. national security.
You are reading the first Cuba Central News Blast of 2019! Our goal this year is to provide you with news and analysis of events in Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations. This year, we will continue to promote U.S. policies toward Cuba based on engagement. We wish you a happy new year.
This is the last Cuba Central News Blast in 2018. Throughout the year, we brought to you news and analysis on events in Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations, such as the unveiling of a José Martí statue in Havana, a gift from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and identical to the one in New York’s Central Park, the election of the first non-Castro to take the leadership of the island in almost 60 years, President Díaz-Canel’s first visit to the U.S., and the first ever biotech joint venture between Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology (CIM).
We look forward to keeping you informed in the next year. During this season of reflection, we wish you nothing but joy and happiness, and the very best in 2019! Happy Holidays from the CDA family!