There is not access to the same items we have here, so even dollar store items make a big difference. Clean out you closet of old clothes you no longer wear and visit a Dollar Tree. You will be so happy you did when you witness the gratitude.
Since I had a hard time finding out about places to donate ahead of time, I wanted to share what I found. I'm posting on here because AniPlant and The Diana Project are for animal welfare and I really think vegans would enjoy helping these in particular
I, also, recommend downloading the app maps.me ahead of time. If you download the map for Cuba, it'll be easier to locate these crossroads.
Places In Havana:
Contact Person: Nora Garcia Perez (Spanish only)
Cell: 05243 3789
Crossroads on map: Principe and Hospital
Organizations to help protect animals are rare in Cuba. It can be heartbreaking to see malnourished, injured, or mange infected dogs on the street. This is why it was so meaningful to us to be able to donate and tour AniPlant’s facilities. They offer sterilization services to Cubans with pets for little to no cost and, also, to strays in an effort to reduce overpopulation. The modest operating room was very clean, however, they simply don't have access to all the supplies they need. The woman in charge was very very appreciative of any donations and took her time to show us around. Beware there are adorable dogs you may fall in love with and be very tempted to take home! When we were there, a few were already being prepared to be shipped overseas to other tourists who had fallen in love.
What we donated: dry milk, cat/dog treats, anti fungal cream, antibiotic ointment, bandages, non adherent gauze pads, cat food bowls, and soap.
Parroquia Ntra. Sra. de la Medalla Milagrosa
Santos Suarez #336 esq. a Paz
Santos Suarez, 10 de Octubre, C.P.
10500. Ciudad Habana
Contact Person: Father Lusarreta (Spanish only)
Tel: (53-7) 41-8449
Crossroads on map: Santos Suarez and Paz
This is a church located in south Havana where Father Lusarreta runs his charity La Milagrosa. He has many charitable initiatives to help the community such as a soup kitchen, “grandparents house”, food and clothing to single parents in need, center for residents with Down syndrome, etc. Overall, it just seems to be a very positive institution that is really trying to help the residents of the area.
What we donated: clothing, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes/toothpaste, soap, and combs.
The Diana Project
Jose Marti #401
e/ Fidel Claro y Santiago Escobar
Trinidad, S.Spiritus, Cuba
Contact Person: Julio Munoz (Spanish and English)
Phone: +53 41993673
This was another organization to benefit the welfare of animals. Julio Munoz has many initiatives to educate horse owners about proper care and treatment. Unfortunately, again people simply do not have access to proper supplies and education about horse care which results in the premature death of many horses.
Julio, with his wife, run Casa Munoz. Unfortunately, it was booked while we were in Trinidad but he still sat with us in the living room and talked about everything from life in Cuba to the struggles of changing people's minds about proper horse care. He is very funny and I recommend taking the time to talk to him.
What we donated: anti parasite medicine, Horseman’s Dream Veterinary Cream, antibiotic ointment, antifungal cream, bandages, non adherent gauze pads, and soap.
Casa de la Cultura
Calle Zerquera 406
Tel (419) 4308
This is a culture center where local artists exhibit some of their work. It, also, is where many of the local children go. We were lucky enough to visit on a Saturday and witness a group of children working on their drawings. There was such love in the room. The instructor was kind and the children seemed genuinely happy. We gave them the rest of our donations but wished we had more art supplies to donate.
What we donated: clothing, crayons, pens, pads of paper, toys, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and hair ties.