When Hurricane Katrina struck, inundating the city of New Orleans and leaving so much of the Gulf Coast in ruins, AmeriCares responded — and stayed. The monstrous storm surges unleashed by Katrina breached levees and left more than 1 million people homeless. Hundreds of health clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices were destroyed. Within days of the disaster, our relief workers and aid shipments arrived.
Within a month, we sent $4 million in medicines and supplies to clinics serving the poor, sick and suffering. When the floodwaters receded, we continued to help, delivering a total of $24 million in medical aid and grants to the region over 7 years, including a large scale response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.