American Development Foundation (PADF) is working with Royal
Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to send relief assistance to families affected by
recent deadly floods in Mexico.
PADF is assisting 100 affected families in Puntilla Aldama, a community
of more than 4,500 residents located in the Municipality of San Rafael
in the state of Veracruz along the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the
emergency response, each family will receive clean-up and reconstruction
supplies to help in mud and debris removal and home repairs. Items
include galvanized metal sheeting, hammers, nails, shovels, pickaxes,
Local partner Cáritas Emergencias, a Mexican-based disaster prevention
and response organization, is working with PADF's disaster management
team to deliver the aid to families.
"This support from Royal Caribbean Cruises comes at a critical time for
many families who need our help to recover from this tragedy," said Liza
Mantilla, Director of Disaster Management for PADF. "By giving them the
tools to clean-up and repair the damage to their homes, we're helping
jumpstart their recovery."
PADF's response comes in the aftermath of two deadly tropical
storms--Ingrid and Manuel--that killed more than 100 people, affected
thousands of others, and flooded large areas of Mexico. The floods
buried homes and occupants, destroyed roads and bridges, and heavily
affected other infrastructure.
To help PADF provide immediate assistance to the affected communities,
go to www.padf.org/donate-disasters.
You can also contribute by calling toll-free at 877.572.4484.
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PADF is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American
States, established in 1962 to implement integral socio-economic
development programs for disadvantaged people, to strengthen civil
society and community groups in support of the Inter-American Democratic
Charter, and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian
crises. In 2012, it helped more than 10 million people in 29 countries.
Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti,
Colombia, Suriname and Honduras, and projects throughout Latin America
and the Caribbean. www.padf.org
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Pan American Development Foundation (PADF)
Hearly G. Mayr
of Communications and Public Affairs