Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas
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Donations of Generators Bring Relief to Vulnerable Families in the Bahamas

Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Donations of Generators Bring Relief to Vulnerable Families in the Bahamas

The devastation left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas in 2019 is estimated at $3.4 billion; with 67 people losing their lives, 282 missing, and 29,472 affected by the loss of their homes and assets.

Humanitarian aid estimated at $93,408 was transferred to aid vulnerable families in the Bahamas by LEPP’s partner Outreach Aid to the Americas (OAA)/Americas Relief Team (ART). Four large portable generators were donated and transferred to the National Emergency Management Agency of the Bahamas (NEMA), and are presently utilized in community kitchens, shelters, and recovery centers that aid 8,000 hurricane victims who are still in the process of rehabilitation.

LEPP’s partner OAA/ART has used federal surplus donations not only as emergency aid, but also to leverage the donations to manage, coordinate, and train local disaster management agencies. As a result, communities are better prepared to proactively respond to future disasters in the region

USAID believes that working in partnership with faith-based and community stakeholders is critical in developing and sustaining productive and resilient communities around the world. As a result, LEPP’s partnership with faith-based organizations such as OAA/ART is crucial in supporting global development efforts through the provision of scarce physical capital needed to address grass-roots development challenges.

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About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars’ worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.

In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars’ worth of surplus property to 14 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars’ worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.

These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Pakistan and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania.