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Haiti earthquake survivors can rebuild their lives and access safe drinking water thanks to Freemasons – Wokingham Today

Red Cross search and rescue in Haiti
Hundreds of families badly affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti have access to clean, safe drinking water thanks to a grant of £25,000 from the Freemasons to the Red Cross.
Following the earthquake, at least 650,000 people across Haiti are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance.
Structural devastation has been enormous, especially in the cities of Jérémie and Les Cayes on the southern peninsula of the country, where around 53,000 homes have been destroyed and a further 77,000 damaged, along with severe damage to major infrastructure like roads and bridges.
Extensive damage to health facilities and worsening access to safe water and sanitation from mudslides and flooding has exacerbated the crisis.
Freemasons, through the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), provided the financial support to the Red Cross, helping it to share relief goods, ensuring good water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent the outbreak of diseases as well as providing access to healthcare to those most in need.
Alongside improving access to clean water, the Red Cross has reached more than 40,000 people with blankets, tarpaulins, kitchen kits and hygiene kits to provide essential shelter and hygiene support.
The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales, including in Reading and Wokingham.
Luke Tredget, head of emergencies, surge and technical advisory at the Red Cross, said:
“We’re very grateful to the Freemasons for this generous grant which makes a major contribution to the Red Cross relief effort in Haiti.
“Providing clean water is one of the absolutely essential steps to prevent the spread of cholera and other deadly water-borne disease, which can have a devastating effect, especially on children and other vulnerable people.”
And Les Hutchinson, chief executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help the Red Cross with their vital work in Haiti.
“Tens of thousands of people are in desperate need of help and there’s nothing more important than clean water after a disaster like this.
“I’m proud the Freemasons are keeping up our proud record of helping people around the world when disaster strikes.”
To make a donation to the Red Cross appeal for Haiti, visit: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/haiti-earthquake-appeal
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