CHICAGO (PNS) After changing its annual meeting location from Houston to Chicago due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, members of the Cuba Partners Network found themselves listening to reports from their Cuban friends recounting Hurricane Irma’s slow, spinning assault on their beloved Cuba on Sept. 8.
The first category 5 hurricane to make landfall in Cuba since 1924 – and one of the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic – Hurricane Irma left significant damage and widespread flooding across central and northern Cuba before turning north toward Florida and other U.S. southeastern states.
The Rev. Marielys Cabrera of the Central Presbytery in Cuba described collapsed roofs and broken doors on church buildings, manses and the homes of church members and neighbors. She spoke of extensive damage to water tanks, windows and community kitchens.
At CANIP, a 35-acre national camp and conference center for the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC), damage was seen on the roofs of the cabins, the auditorium, dining hall and warehouse. There was also damage to the walls of the camp’s kitchen and to the administrator’s house, some destruction to the pool and the chapel, and several toppled trees. The camp provides fellowship, spiritual growth and leadership development for hundreds of children, youth and adults every year.