A shipment of 3,400 kilograms of powdered milk stockpiled by Cuban residents in USA and organizations in solidarity with Cuba arrived in Havana this Monday, according to official media reports on the island.
The donation, which arrived at the José Martí international airport, has an approximate value of 15,813 dollars and will go to the oncology hospitals of Havana and Holguín, as well as the feeding of older adults from the Salvation Army home, reported the promoters of the initiative, according to report of the Prensa Latina (PL) agency.
This donation was sponsored by Fundación El Pan, Cubanakoa, Global Health Partner and the Milk Producers Association of the state of Michigan, among others, to be distributed by the Council of churches of Cuba (CIC), reports the media.
Félix Sharpe, representative of the EL Pan project in Michigan, pointed out that it is the result of the efforts of Cubans residing in the United States committed to the well-being of their people and shows that Cuba is not alone, according to the publication.
PL specifies that he also spoke out for the end of the embargo that the US government maintains against the Island and pointed out that this gesture is a great hope for a better tomorrow on the road to be established. normal relations between the two countries.
For his part, Mark Friedman, coordinator of the Hands off Cuba Committee in the city of Los Angeles and representing the Saving Lives campaign, described this donation as another victory for solidarity, the agency points out.
Friedman announced the launch of a new campaign consisting of the collection of 125,000 dollars for the acquisition of four anesthesia machines and other supplies and instruments that will go to the “Calixto García” hospital in the Cuban capital, the source reports.
Upon receiving the donation, Reverend Joel Ortega, president of the CIC and pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, assured that gestures like this show that “a better world is possible, that love is stronger than hate and that peace is the most important thing.” », points out PL.
In mid-January, the American NGOs Puentes de Amor, Code Pink and The People’s Forum sent a donation of seven tons of powdered milk to the island, an “imbolic” charge that will help alleviate a little the shortage of that product, said members of these organizations.
During 2021, Cuba received a total of 135 donations from 40 countries, mostly medical supplies and equipment for immunization and the fight against the pandemic, according to official data.