Cuba is a vibrant country with a rich heritage. Despite the recent progress in U.S.-Cuban relations, our island neighbors struggle daily to find enough food, modern medicine and safe living conditions.
Hospitals often lack modern technology and medication. Families struggle to make ends meet and put food on their tables. Store shelves are empty, and the black market trade puts them in constant danger.
At First-Hand Aid, we reach out and lend a helping hand. We provide much-needed humanitarian aid to the children, families and health care professionals in Cuba. We also provide a personal touch and build lasting relationships with the Cuban people because our volunteers travel to Cuba and deliver medical supplies and support in person.
How We Help
This is our flagship program. Although common in the U.S., there is no other meal program like this in Cuba. Each day, we provide a hot meal for more than 40 elderly or disabled Cubans. The people that we provide for have no possible way of finding meals on their own due to physical and/or mental impairments, or because their families have fled the country.
In addition, we deliver financial assistance to struggling families in Havana. On a monthly basis, we supplement their meager income with financial assistance. It is a small dollar amount by U.S. standards, but it provides significant assistance to people who typically earn less than $30 per month, or cannot earn anything due to disability or age.
We support multiple hospitals in Cuba, including a Havana pediatric oncology ward, pediatric trauma hospital, and a small hospital and clinic in rural Guines. We deliver—in person—aid such as medical equipment, supplies and medication: everything from over-the-counter fever reducers to chemotherapy and hard-hitting antibiotics.
How You Can Help
Travel With Us
While it is now easier than ever to travel to Cuba, we can show you inside this fascinating culture like no one else—and make sure you leave a positive imprint on the world at the same time. Learn More
Your tax-deductible gift can help feed seniors, give medication to children with cancer, and provide supplies to families in need. Unlike other aid organizations, with First-Hand Aid you know exactly who is being helped by your gift. Donate Now
Give Your Time
Attend one of the events we host throughout the year. Organize a medicine or clothing drive at your work, school or church. Share our story and help raise awareness. Join our board or a committee to help us continue this life-saving work. Get In Touch
Meet the People We Serve
First-Hand Aid supporters have the unique opportunity to meet the people we serve, in person. By traveling to Cuba with us, you not only provide life-saving food, medicine and supplies, but also hope. The personal relationships formed on a First-Aid Hand trip can not only save a life, but also change yours.