World Vision receives $100K commitment to help schools affected by Hurricane Sandy

Story & photos by World Vision Staff

World Vision is pleased to announce that Nelson Saiers has committed $100,000 to help the organization provide holiday toys and distribute school supplies to low-income schools affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Saiers—a well-known New York hedge fund manager and chief investment officer of Saiers Capital LLC—initially challenged Banksy, the British graffiti artist who keeps his identity secret, to create a piece of artwork dedicated to continuing Sandy relief efforts in exchange for a $100,000 donation to relevant charities. On Monday, he ended his personal challenge and decided to donate the entire amount to World Vision.

Others wishing to join Saiers in supporting World Vision's efforts to serve children affected by Sandy may visit www.worldvision.org/HurricaneSandyRebuildRestore.

A year after Sandy, students in affected low-income communities still go to class without the school supplies they need. World Vision's response to areas hit hard by the late October 2012 storm, which started as a hurricane, includes distribution of free classroom supplies to teachers at schools where at least 70 percent of the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch.

World Vision's Mobile Teacher Resource Center—a converted school bus bearing notebooks, pencils, binders, scissors, and other school supplies—has visited schools in the boroughs of Queens and Staten Island.

A total of 5,168 students and 522 teachers have been served with school supplies and teaching aids from the Mobile Teacher Resource Center, or TRC. The TRC offers school supplies that educators often have to buy on their own.

Beyond school school supplies, the support of partners, volunteers, and generous donors has helped World Vision respond, rebuild, and restore in communities affected by Sandy. World Vision has distributed and delivered more than 50 truckloads of disaster relief supplies to more than 50,000 people.

 

Products included flood clean-up kits, water, personal hygiene kits, food, blankets, diapers, and toys. World Vision also has worked with more than 76 partner organizations and community groups that are committed to reaching those most in need. In addition, 404 volunteers have served more than 1,500 hours.

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