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Sunday, 28 October 2012

A Letter from Santiago de Cuba


Dear Mr. David Chiarelli.

Greetings to all our friends in Canada.

During the sad night of October 24 and the morning of the 25th, the city of Santiago de Cuba has seen one of the biggest natural disasters in the history of the city.  Hurricane Sandy has brought much pain, suffering and loss of life in the city. 


I am sorry to say that the community school "Friends of Toronto", has suffered property damage. The last class was on the 23th. The students were told to go home to prepare for the arrival of Sandy on the night of the 24th. The school took all necessary measures to preserve materials, school furniture, as well as electrical equipment, but the wind forced caused some problems. 

Sandy entered the city as a Category 2 hurricane, with winds of 175 kilometers per hour. The wind broke the doors. The entry of the strong wind and rain has created serious problems. During Oct. 26, 27, and 28, we have been working to try to repair the damage so we can make the school run again, while we  recover economically and try to repair the rest of the damage. 

Currently, the entire city is without electricity, so we need to await the return of electrical service or get a generator. In future posts I will try to send you some pictures of how the city has been devastated.

I take this opportunidad to express our highest consideration and respect to you and your organization. 
   
Lic. Guillermo Guardiola
Founder of the Community School
"Friends of Toronto"

[For a useful news link and updates on the post hurricane situation in Cuba see: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=81060 ]

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