PADF and Royal Caribbean Cruises Team Up to Assist Flooding Victims in Mexico

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Washington D.C. (October 2, 2013) – The Pan 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, and wheelbarrows.

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, donate here. You can also contribute by calling toll-free at 877.572.4484.

As PADF’s response expands, follow the updates via Facebook and Twitter.

About PADF
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

About Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 40-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea.  The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL), the cruise line sails 21 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, South America, the Far East, and Australia and New Zealand. World renowned for its friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service, delivered by every staff and crew member, Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards.