In the wake of Hurricane Irma’s passage through Cuba, we’re just now getting news of the devastation it has caused. The ferocity of this hurricane, combined with the amount of time it spent hovering over the island, made it the worst hurricane to hit Cuba in more than 100 years. Literally every province in Cuba felt the effect, with some of the central provinces seeing enormous damage. In addition to major flooding and high winds that destroyed buildings and private property, lives have been lost and many people were injured. Recovery has started, but Cubans are facing long power outages, shortages of food and water, empty shelves in the stores, and a scarcity of building materials for reconstruction.

Oloshas United is committed to our international Orisha community, and wants to reach out to help Olorishas in Cuba who experienced loss and damage to their homes and personal property as a result of Irma. Many of these people are in great need, and they don’t have insurance to cover the cost of replacing their homes and property. We’re particularly concerned about our religious brothers and sisters on the island, who are often among the most vulnerable members of society. Their lack of financial resources even in good times is heartbreaking to us who live in the developed world. In times of crisis, their living conditions deteriorate very rapidly. Let’s stretch out a hand to help them!

Our efforts to raise money for the Texas relief fund following Hurricane Harvey were very successful. We raised more than $4000 in a short amount of time, and were able to get money into the hands of those who most needed it right away.
No other humanitarian group focuses exclusively on OUR religious community. We need to look out for each other and help each other when disaster strikes.

While those afflicted by Irma in other areas of the Caribbean and the US have insurance to help them rebound, Cubans do not. Our donations will help those affected by Irma. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to OLOSHAS UNITED RELIEF FUND FOR CUBA by clicking on the link below. PayPal is the fastest and easiest way to donate money while ensuring your financial information and privacy as a donor are protected. Oloshas United is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization with legal recognition by the IRS. As such, we can legally send humanitarian relief to Cuba under section 515.575 of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations of the US Department of the Treasury. Your donation is legal, and much appreciated!

The following photos provide a heartbreaking look at the profound damage Hurricane Irma has inflicted on many families all over the island.

Havaneros waddling through water, possibly filled with sewage and debris.

Woman scavenging for food.

Victims of Irma trying to rescue anything they can.

Oloshas United’s Texas Relief Fund Needs Our Help!

Good day!

While this weekend the rest of the country is celebrating this final reprieve before the onset of winter, there are those in Texas who are not spending it at the beach, by a pool, or preparing for a family bar-b-cue. Some of them are OUR people; Orisha devotees and followers of other African-based faiths.

OU has already received the support of many of you in our community and we appreciate the many donations from those who asked no questions other than “Where do we send our donations?” Thanks to you, we have already identified and assisted several families in distress. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Still, the job is far from done. Those who were affected by Harvey still need help. Other families have been identified, but the money we have collected can only go so far.

We need your help. Please donate to Oloshas United’s Texas Relief Fund.

Oloshas United is a 501c3 non-profit organization, duly registered with IRS. One hundred percent of the money you donate will go directly to the people in need, and your donations are tax deductible.

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