Haiti disaster: Hurricane Matthew

$22,941 of $50k goal

Raised by 179 people in 6 months
Ray Thackeray  HOLLYWOOD, FL
International Rescue Group provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid by sea to coastal and island communities. Hurricane Matthew just devastated the south west coast of Haiti with waves, storm surge and horrifying winds up to 140 knots.

Here is an emergency message from Ile a Vache, a small island 7 miles off the main coastal town of Les Cayes (relayed to us by an intermediary): "I just spoke with mayor Amazan, he said all he can conclude is that Ile-a-Vache is completely destroyed. He cannot give a complete evaluation of the situation but every home in his neighbourhood, including his own, is damaged. Most roofs are gone. This weather has been hitting them hard for the past 3 days, therefore people are running out of food. The local re-sellers are running out and would probably keep what they have for their family. He is hosting a bunch of people at home and had to borrow money to feed them and he too is running out."

We are loading up three boats with supplies in Florida and will sail to Ile a Vache as we have done for years. Boats are the main way they will receive help, and there are very few resources on south Haiti. We work with multiple charities on the ground and elsewhere to obtain and transport medical and aid supplies, water filters to clean contaminated local water and parts to run our watermakers. Just one of our boats can make 12,000 litres of potable water from the sea, at full blast enough drinking water by UN emergency standards for 6,000 people.

PLEASE DONATE, WE NEED TO MOVE AS SOON AS WE CAN COMPLETE OUR CARGOES! The people of Ile a Vache are proud, dignified people but this disaster is overwhelming and they will be so grateful for your help. IRG is a 501(c)(3) California-based nonprofit NGO.

All funds will be allocated to fuel and minimum service costs to sail IRG boats to Haiti and sourcing emergency cargoes. Our overhead is low, all boats are donated and all crews, captains and execs of IRG are unpaid volunteers.

Our first vessel departing for Haiti fully loaded is IRG S/V Rendezvous Cay, a fast 50-foot catamaran commanded by Captain Matthew (oh, the irony!), who has sailed well over 8,000 miles on IRG missions in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.

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IRG's flagship and next to sail is IRG S/V Thunderbird 5, a 97-foot ketch commanded by Captain Ray, founder of IRG. The Captain has sailed most of the world's oceans and lost track of miles, and shipped with hundreds of crew many of who never sailed before. Previously a Silicon Valley internet executive, he has applied his background to building an online community of boats scaled to be global. The IRG Reserve is a fleet of privately owned yachts that join our fleet, and we had 7 IRG Reserve boats serving during the 2015 Dominica Tropical Storm Erika disaster relief together with Thunderbird 5. Now calling for boats to join this Haiti relief mission.

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Then IRG S/V Tandemeer, a Nautical Development 56-foot ketch donated to IRG in 2013 commanded by Captain Sequoia, will sail. Tandemeer1980 built as a big, comfortable blue water, round the world cruiser with four double staterooms, each with en-suite head. We are gradually restoring her to her former glory. We carry 6-7 crew and up to 5000 pounds of cargo on aid missions. Sequoia has been sailing all his life, growing up in Northern California where San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay were his back yard. Since moving to Connecticut in 2002, Sequoia has been buying, restoring and sailing old sailboats on Long Island Sound; he was a captain for Greenpeace in 2006, and was Executive Director of OceansWatch North America from 2008-2010. Sequoia joined IRG in 2012, and became captain on Tandemeer in 2014. This year Sequoia will sail to Haiti for the fifth time since 2010, when he helped to organize and sail with a flotilla of boats to deliver aid after the earthquake.

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Update 22
Posted by Ray Thackeray
1 month ago
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Vincent and Paschalina cooking sausages and baked potatoes on out uninhabited desert island beach! Donated recycled sails intended for the Haitian subsistence fishermen are ready to transfer to IRG Reserve S/V Good Run which arrives at our anchorage in a few days and is sailing on to La Gonave, and Ile a Vache, Haiti to make IRG's 5th voyage after Hurricane Matthew to support the devastated communities there.
Paschalina and Vincent after a hard day
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Update 21
Posted by Ray Thackeray
3 months ago
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Captain Matthew departs from our temporary base in the Bahamas bound for Ile a Vache with 50-foot catamaran IRG S/V Rendezvous Cay with disaster relief supplies, our 4th boatload since the storm damage.
IRG S/V Rendezvous Cay with aid supplies
Crew loading the boat up to the ceiling!
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Update 20
Posted by Ray Thackeray
3 months ago
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Our 56' ketch IRG S/V Tandemeer has completed one aid supplies run in December and is enroute with another mission to Ile a Vache January. IRG Reserve S/V Bamba Maru has also completed a mission and is still there volunteering, thank you the Bamba Maru crew!

50' IRG catamaran Rendezvous Cay is enroute with a full load of aid supplies to Ile a Vache, and 97' ketch IRG's flagship Thunderbird 5 is also enroute to La Gonave to support our partner charities there.

Thank you all for your amazing support!
Loading supplies in Hollywood, Florida
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Update 19
Posted by Ray Thackeray
5 months ago
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We just got a report from IRV S/V Tandemeer which just arrived in Ile a Vache yesterday. Here’s a quote from Captain Sequoia: “Arrived Ile a Vache Haiti today mid day. It is a sobering and changed place. Very limited access to internet. Will post photos soon. We are the first boat to arrive since the hurricane weeks ago. We will do all we can to help. We fed 15 people form the boat today, tomorrow we begin unloading cargo and making water. It is a bit heartbreaking to see dozens of people wending around always carrying empty water jugs looking for drinking water. We gave out as much as we could today and soon will start making 800 gallons per day. More soon.”

Two more IRG boats sailing from Florida soon awaiting final cargoes, and IRG Reserve S/V Bamba Maru departed from Dominican Republic yesterday having spent a quarter of the donations from this campaign on the island of Hispaniola on needed supplies, they will follow IRG S/V Tandemeer into harbour on Ile a Vache in a few days! Between both boats they have spent a half of donations from this campaign on relief supplies, all unpaid volunteer crews!
Mechanic Gary Smith on IRG S/V Tandemeer
Readying to sail, Tandemeer on right.
Deck cargo, Captain Sequoia on right.
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Ray Thackeray
6 months ago

Still the sketchiest assessment, but more than 800 victims. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37588752

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$22,941 of $50k goal

Raised by 179 people in 6 months
Created October 4, 2016
YA
$50
Yvonne Allen
2 months ago

I am contributing to this fund as i was made awaire if it by M/s Pauline Coad who is, I believe, still working in the field.

$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
DR
$100
Dianah Rodriguez
2 months ago
RS
$25
Roy Saindon
3 months ago
$20
Sean Matthews
3 months ago
$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
$50
Diana White Eagle
3 months ago

Thank you for helping.

$200
paul cunningham
3 months ago
SF
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STEAFNO FRANCALANCI
3 months ago

Elena Mangano buon Natale!

JL
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Joshua Loucks
4 months ago

Nolan Little

Ray Thackeray
6 months ago

Still the sketchiest assessment, but more than 800 victims. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37588752

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