Three Louisville-based humanitarian organizations are once again answering the call for help from thousands of miles away. SOS, WaterStep and Love the Hungry are worked together to send a shipment of medical supplies, safe water equipment, and fortified meals to the survivors of the deadly earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14th.
Thanks to a partnership with another global company based in Louisville, UPS, the equipment is being transported to Orlando by truck where it will be loaded on a plane and flown to Haiti.
WaterStep provided $63,000 worth of safe water equipment including 60 BleachMakers used for making strong disinfectant, as well as eight disaster relief kits which include a mini-water filtration and chlorination system designed to provide safe water for drinking, cleaning and cooking. WaterStep’s donation of safe water equipment was possible thanks to funding from the Kentucky Colonels and the Louisville Water Foundation.
Love the Hungry is providing over 4,500 fortified meals valued at $7,000.
SOS is providing over $60,000 of medical supplies donated by partner hospitals including Norton Healthcare, Baptist Health and University Hospital including gloves, first aid materials, wound care dressings, slings, splints and other orthopedic items.
This is the third time this “trifecta” of Louisville-based organizations have come together to respond to a disaster. Earlier this year, relief shipments were sent to Ethiopia to help those affected by the civil war, and aid also went to Malawi in 2019 to help flood survivors. They also collaborated last year to help local organizations fight covid.