Toronto charity is sending emergency kits to people in need all around the world
A charity in Toronto is doing what it can to help people in need all over the world by providing emergency kits filled with hygiene essentials, a way to get clean water, and much more.
GlobalMedic, located at 35 Coronet Road in Etobicoke, works to build family emergency kits as well as emergency food kits that they send to countries where people have been impacted by various different disasters.
"We want to get the right aid, to the right people, at the right time," executive director Rahul Singh told blogTO.
"You don't want to send people junk."
There are 11 million Syrians in need of humanitarian aid. On Oct 28, we sent Family Emergency Kits, Emergency Food Kits and medical supplies to support Syrians displaced by war. Please help us continue the support by making a donation today https://t.co/0QjLXV92W9 pic.twitter.com/1DqlC2uwI5— GlobalMedic (@globalmedicdmgf) November 9, 2020
For that reason, Singh says they take an evidence-based approach when it comes to assembling the kits.
"The first thing we do is we look and see what people need and we know from experience that usually when people are fleeing war or effected by an earthquake or a storm, they need access to clean drinking water. It's crucial," Singh explained.
As a result, an important part of their kits is a water purification unit which is composed of two buckets on top of one another with a ceramic filter - which is made in Toronto - inside.
"The idea is that mom or dad are able to pour dirty water in through the top bucket, gravity pulls it through the filter, and stores the clean water in the bottom bucket which means no bugs can get in," Singh explained, adding that they are able to produce them for under $20.
Assuming that people have consumed dirty water, Singh said that the next step is adding oral rehydration sachets.
"Assuming you drank dirty water, you're probably going to get sick and your kids are going to get sick. If your kids get sick, it means they have diarrhea and they're going to have what's called an electrolyte imbalance," he said.
"We know with the kit you're going to have clean water so you're going to be able to mix this in with the clean water and restore electrolytes back into the patients."
Besides all of this, the kits include soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other hygiene products, as well as a solar light. When all is said and done, these kits cost under $40.
"We air freight it over, our teams there take it off the airplane, hand it directly to a family and help them assemble it."
We sent a sea container filled with Family Emergency Kits, wheelchairs, and firefighter bunker gear to support the vulnerable families in Paraguay. @KofCOntario @cdnwheelchair @globalfiredmgf https://t.co/qFFlapLwRZ— GlobalMedic (@globalmedicdmgf) November 12, 2020
Singh said that GlobalMedic works in 75 different countries including Paraguay, Somalia and Colombia.
They are currently on their 225th mission in the Philippines where already they've donated 500 family emergency kits as they currently deal with the aftermath of typhoons.
Hundreds of affected families by the typhoons in the #Philippines will be receiving emergency kits -- all the way from Toronto.— Theresa Redula (@TheresaRedula) November 13, 2020
Alana from @globalmedicdmgf explains how these kits can help those who are affected by #UlyssesPH and typhoons prior. Story tonight on @OMNIFilipino. pic.twitter.com/KFY11AR1kK
Of course, the charity is also doing work right here in Toronto by helping vulnerable residents access soap and mask kits.
We are combatting #COVID19 by going to— GlobalMedic (@globalmedicdmgf) November 12, 2020
@TOHousingto provide vulnerable residents with soap and mask kits and signing them up for a flu shot. Getting the flu shot can help reduce the use of healthcare resources so that they can be directed to patients with COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/lBcQoDJZI6
"Six days a week we pack aide," Singh said.
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