This program sponsors a family’s basic needs for one month by supplementing their nutrition with healthy food staples, and hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo and laundry soap.
You may also choose to direct a food donation to feed resident’s of a children’s home.
This program is by regular monthly donation only. The cost for sponsoring a family is currently $250 Canadian a month, and can be done via MissionGo.
Medical Relief Program
This program supplies individual families in need with medical relief of over the counter medication and devices. Typical items include tylenol, aspirin, glucose monitors, thermometers, wheelchairs and more. These items are currently in high demand in Cuba, and with the global pandemic, are in short supply and have escalated in cost.
In 2021, seeing an increased demand for these items, we have also started to supply hospitals and children’s homes.
If you would like to donate medical items directly to us, you may do so via this Amazon link.
Medical Container Shipments
We are also collecting donations for quarterly container shipments of medical equipment and devices. Donations are disbursed throughout Cuba to hospitals and children’s homes.
If you would like to donate items such as hospital beds, wheelchairs or other medical equipment, please contact us.
Matanzas Children’s Home
The Children’s home in Matanzas has been sponsored and supported by the friends and partners of “Friends To Cuba” for the past six years. During that time, numerous changes have been undertaken. New washrooms, showers, windows, doors, fans in every room, kitchen appliances, new laundry room with a new washer, a new chest freezer and numerous supplies for the home and children to name a few. With the valued support of many friends and partners and the tourists who have visited the children’s home, all of these changes have been made possible. Go to the photos section to see all of the Matanzas children’s home photos.
We currently support 2 orphanages in Matanzas.
The Baby Orphanage has several children ages 0-6 years old. This home is newer to us and we currently have on going projects in the bathroom and kitchen. We provide humanitarian aid such as medications, clothing, bedding appliances, food, maintenance, and many other needs.
The Older Children’s Home is just a short walk from the Baby Orphanage, and has several children ages 7-18 years old. With several projects being completed over the years, we continue to provide daily necessities to the children. We also provide humanitarian aid.
Both orphanages we support are deeply committed to seeing each child is being raised and loved by their faithful staff. At Friends to Cuba, we believe that caring for orphans is our God given priority that must be nurtured and intentionally focused upon to be effective and lasting.
Our hope, is to expand the awareness of these orphanages, so that others can be a part of making a difference in the lives of these children.
About Our Team
Our Director, Jennifer Raymer, has been serving in Cuba for over 10 years. She has a true passion for Cuba, her people, and in particular, providing assistance to Cuban children.
I was called to serve the people of Cuba 10 years ago with the ministry of Together For Cuba, in orphanages in Matanzas. Our humanitarian mission is aiding and assisting in various locations in Matanzas, Santa Cruz del Norte, and the Jibacoa area. Together For Cuba provides tangible needs to orphanages, hospitals, local clinics and to individuals and families in each area. We focus on medical needs, food supply, basic daily needs, educational activities and ESL (English as a Second Language) education for the children, and construction, as well as relationship building in the local communities.
You can view Jennifer’s MissionGo profile, and donate online, here:
Although Cuba is a very popular tourist destination for thousands of Canadians each year, Bob & Susan Beer, and Jennifer Raymer (“Friends to Cuba”) travel to various sites in Cuba away from the beaches and resorts, assisting our Cuban friends in a variety of ways. Cuba is a beautiful country with beautiful people, but most tourists do not see beyond the resort areas or nearby “Tourist” sites and towns. In 2001, Bob and Susan Beer began making trips to the “other Cuba” on their own. During this time, the poverty and overwhelming need of the common people in the inner city and rural areas and beyond, captured their hearts. They then determined that they would endeavor to help whomever they could.
Returning home and conversing with friends they felt drawn to begin what today has become the humanitarian aid and charitable project named “Friends to Cuba”.
With humble beginnings, and using mostly their own personal funds at least to begin, they made several trips, carrying in large amounts of supplies, like household goods, family medicines, personal care items, medical supplies and equipment destined for rural medical clinics, assorted school supplies, shoes, clothing, basic toys and games, sports equipment, laptops, cell phones, musical instruments and any other items that they could carry in large hockey bags. The various projects of “Friends to Cuba” are with children’s homes/orphanages, small medical clinics, smaller schools and house churches located in Matanzas and Santa Cruz del Norte. Jennifer Raymer joined us in November of 2017. She has been providing humanitarian aid to the people and children of Cuba since 2011 on her own. She brings much experience, knowledge, love and compassion to our organization.
Today they carry on this ministry with the valued support of familes and individuals who have partnered with these specific projects. Many supporters of “Friends to Cuba” have become regular financial supporters after vacationing in Cuba and coming home with a greater understanding of how the true Cuba is beyond the resorts. The primary projects are children’s homes/orphanages, small house churches which are the only source of family community aid in the area. These concerned individuals who have joined in suppoprting the work of “Friends to Cuba” have joined the cause and have become a part of the mission to Cuba. “Friends to Cuba” is a mission operating under the umbrella of MissionGo.
We trust as you browse these pages and see the areas of concern and ministry and review the many photographs of what “Friends to Cuba” has accomplished beacuse of it’s supporters. You too will see and understand the need to respond to help our friends in Cuba and become part of the team and partner with us. Thank you and God Bless You!