Welcome to the Hatuey Project

Hurricane Ian caused
Massive Destruction in Cuba.
40,000 pounds of Help is on the Way!

We asked — and you responded! A major material aid donation for Cuba set sail from Pt. Everglades, Florida on Wednesday, January 18 and will arrive in Mariel Port, Cuba, on January 19. Thank you to everyone who donated to make this valuable gesture of solidarity possible.

A group of activists will soon join the 40,000 pounds of construction materials as it is delivered to Pinar del Río province, a region devastated by Hurricane Ian in September, 2022. The Cuban Ministry of Construction and Cuban Red Cross will receive the shipment, which includes 18,000 pounds of corrugated sheet metal roofing, 20,000 pounds of concrete, electric generators, windows, plywood, drills and other essentials. These materials will be used to help rebuild housing, which the affected communities will head up. Tens of thousands of homes were wiped by one of the most intense hurricanes ever to hit Cuba.

Workers begin the process of loading (by hand!) 40,000 pounds of construction materials into the shipping container.

The donation was a joint effort anchored by The Hatuey Project. The ANSWER Coalition, The People’s Forum, el Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano of Puerto Rico, the Committee in Solidarity with Cuba – Western Sydney (Australia), the Mexico Solidarity Network, and la Alianza Martiana all contributing substantially, along with many individuals across the United States who contributed tens of thousands of dollars. “This has truly been a collective effort,” said Gloria La Riva, Coordinator of The Hatuey Project, “From the donations, to the construction expertise, to people who organized film showings and dinners, raising funds and awareness of the need to end the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba, to the young warehouse workers who loaded 40,000 pounds of aid by hand onto the 40-foot container.”

“This is a major donation from a coalition of organizations that believe ending the blockade against Cuba is one of our greatest responsibilities,” said Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition. The organizations mentioned above had previously placed a full-page advertisement in the New York Times after Hurricane Ian, demanding that the U.S. government lift the blockade on Cuba for six months to give Cuba the ability to purchase construction materials currently denied by Washington. The U.S. government refused. Manolo de Los Santos, Co-coordinator of The People’s Forum said, “Cuba is experiencing the triple blow of the pandemic, devastating natural disasters, and most of all, the U.S. Blockade. Together, we represent the great friendship that many people of the U.S. express with Cuba.” 

The Hatuey Project succeeded in receiving an export license from the Commerce Department for the latest shipment. It previously delivered an emergency shipment of special medicines for burn victims of the catastrophic Supertanker oil fire of August 5 in Matanzas province.

More shipments of solidarity aid, primarily focused on medical supplies, are planned. On behalf of The Hatuey Project, we thank you for your past support, and hope you will be able to continue to support this valuable solidarity project in the future.

Please click here to make a donation to The Hatuey Project for Hurricane Relief. Every donation to Hatuey is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Alliance for Global Justice. 

On behalf of The Hatuey Project, we thank you.

Gloria La Riva, coordinator, Hatuey Project
Nadia Marsh, MD, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical Medicine
Simon Ma, MD, MPH, Family Medicine

Leni Villagómez Reeves, MD
Rachel Viqueira, MHS, Epidemiologist

About the Hatuey Project

We are health providers and social justice activists concerned about the harmful effects of the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba. We have inaugurated this medical aid project to extend solidarity to the Cuban people, with the procurement of vital medicines and medical equipment.

Cuba has already shown that its remarkable health care and scientific/biotech systems are fully capable of serving the 11+ million people on the island, providing excellent quality, universal and free care to everyone. But more than 240 measures by the Trump administration that turned the screws even further on Cuba’s people — in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — have created a truly difficult situation for the people. We have already taken part in direct delivery of vital medicines over the last year, and we aim to do much more.

We invite you to join in our project in any way you can: With your monetary contribution, as well as helping procure major donations from pharmaceuticals and other medical providers. We are fully volunteer; all of the donations we receive will go strictly to acquire medical aid. Shipping costs will be held to the utmost minimum. The Hatuey Project is fiscally sponsored by the Alliance For Global Justice, so all donations are tax-deductible. Join our effort today!

People delivering medications

In July, our project delivered much-needed vitamins & medicines to 133 homes in Cuba for pregnant women who are at risk.

In August, we delivered almost $20,000 worth of medical supplies to aid the burn victims of the tragic fire at the oil depot in Matanzas. Click here to read more.

Cuban mother and child

The U.S. Blockade has created many challenges for the people of Cuba. Read the UN Report

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