Friendshipment IX (July 1999)
In honor of Cuba’s unrelenting commitment to provide free health services for the poorest people of the world, our ninth caravan was dedicated to Cuba’s doctors and nurses. We delivered millions of dollars’ worth of sophisticated medical aid and equipment; and we visited the brand-new Latin American Medical School, where Cuba was just beginning to train young doctors for the nations devastated by Hurricanes Mitch and Georges.
Friendshipment X (July 2000)
Dedicated to Cuba’s students and athletes, the caravan delivered educational aid and sports equipment in addition to valuable hospital equipment, an ambulance, and several school buses. Participants included the Lost Coast Pirates, a California baseball team of 10- to 12-year-old boys who played a three-game series with kids in Cuba.
Friendshipment XI (November 2000)
Members of our eleventh caravan participated in Cuba’s Second World Solidarity Conference, and in a bicycle trip to western Cuba. In honor of Cuba’s innovations in alternative energy, we delivered solar panels and equipment that will provide electricity for two rural schools in the mountains of Pinar del Rio.
Friendshipment XII (July 2001)
Celebrating Cuba’s innovations in alternative energy and transportation, 95 caravan participants delivered 80 tons of aid — including a 53-foot trailer packed with medical supplies and a bike mobile fully equipped for repairing bicycles. And for the first time ever, this caravan included a “reverse challenge” in which Cuban-made products were brought back to the US to be given to community-based groups. Packages of BioRat, a biological rodenticide developed in Cuba and successfully used in Cuba, China and Bolivia, were retained by US Customs but Cuban-made solar equipment was brought in to be used to electrify a Native American reservation in California.
Friendshipment XIIl (July 2002)
This caravan celebrated Cuba’s achievements in health and healing for its people and of the world. We once again visited the Latin American School of Medical Sciences, this time to meet the dozens of US students, recruited by IFCO, who are studying on full Cuban scholarships to serve as doctors in medically under-served areas of the US. The caravan also met with family members of the five Cuban heroes who are wrongly imprisoned in US jails for defending their homeland against Miami-based terrorist groups. A further reverse challenge successfully brought back to the US a donation of Cuban coffee, honey and bee pollen.
Friendshipment XlV (July 2003)
125 caravanistas traveled to Santiago de Cuba to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
beginning of the revolution, as part of a joint travel challenge with the Venceremos Brigade. The caravan delivered 80 tons of aid in support of Cuba’s comprehensive national program to care for the elders of Cuba. For the third year running Cuban products were brought back to the US.
Friendshipment XV (July 2004)
Despite increased travel restrictions implemented by the Bush administration and under threats of being fined thousands of dollars the 125 members of the 15th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba successfully carried 126 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba calling for REGIME CHANGE AT HOME NOT IN CUBA!!!
Friendshipment XVI (July 2005)
This caravan, with 145 caravanistas, honored Cuba’s commitment to caring for all of its people including those with special needs, and delivered 140 tons of aid despite the US Customs seizing 45 boxes of computer equipment destined for children with learning difficulties. IFCO/Pastors for Peace campaigned successfully for the ultimate release of the seized computers.
Friendshipment XVII (July 2006)
This caravan was dedicated to Cuban children with special needs and the aid delivered included most of the computers destined for them that had been denied passage by US customs the year before. Despite heightened threats of fines from the Bush administration, 100 caravanistas traveled to Cuba, where they were joined by members of the Venceremos Brigade and US-Cuba Labor Exchange
Friendshipment XVIII (July 2007)
135 caravanistas traveled to Cuba in celebration of Cuba’s elders. Participants were honored to attend the graduation ceremony for over 1500 students of the Latin American School of Medical Sciences, including 8 graduating US students. This caravan also saw a hip-hop without borders exchange with 8 young US hip-hop artists handing over turntables and keyboards to their Cuban equivalents.
Friendshipment XIX (July 2008)
This caravan included the second hip-hop exchange, and 5 donated school buses that were decorated in honor of the 5 Cuban heroes who are still unjustly imprisoned in US jails for defending their homeland against Miami-based terrorist groups. US Customs seized 32 boxes of computer equipment, but when these were released on the return of the caravan, caravanistas immediately carried all the boxes back into Mexico for onward transportation to Cuba.