In just 48 hours since call to action was sent to Hungarian Scientologists and Volunteer Ministers, 5.5 tons of humanitarian aid was collected. Most needed items for the people in areas affected by floods were bottled water, canned food, rubber boots, baby diapers, mosquito repellents, protective suits and masks. Central-European Sea Org base in Budapest, Hungary, became overnight a center for collection of humanitarian aid. In total there were 3.500 liters of bottled water, 1000 kg of canned food, 100 large packages of baby diapers, 150 pairs of rubber boots, hundreds of protective suits and masks.
The goods were loaded to yellow Volunteer Ministers truck and on the early morning of May 28, small convoy consisting of yellow VM truck and a car with Volunteer Ministers left Budapest.
Great assistance was provided by Croatian and Hungarian authorities which granted free usage of all highways and express passage through the border crossing.
In the early afternoon truck arrived to the Croatian City of Osijek were local volunteers helped to unload the goods into central warehouse for storage and distribution of humanitarian aid. Protective suits, masks and mosquito repellents were loaded on a smaller VM vehicle which went to Crisis Headquarter Croatian city of Zupanja. Items were delivered to the HQ Commander who expressed his gratitude for the donated items. In conversation with the Commander we found out that in some areas 50-79% of all the houses will need to be taken down as prolonged exposure to the flooding water made walls unstable. He and his man are working 24/ 7 to save as many houses as possible. What they now need the most are high capacity water pumps and diesel electrical generators. We are now working on assuring those and any donation you can make for this purpose is more than welcome.
Next morning we visited local Red Cross center to find out what help they would need. At the moment volunteers are needed to work on sorting out tons of donated clothes. If you would like to help, please click on the “Activation” page in the menu above and fill in the form.
We continued our tour and went toward a small Croatian village of Cerna, one of many villages in which people from flood affected areas were sheltered in the sport halls. We assessed the situation and were given a detailed tour through the shelter by the local aid worker. Assists were given to those in need.
Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by this flood of enormous proportions. Help is urgently needed. Please click here if you would like to join VM teams on the ground or here if you wish to make a donation.