PADF and Taiwan Sign Hemisphere-wide Disaster Assistance and Reconstruction Agreement

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Washington, D.C (Dec. 12, 2012) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the signing of an agreement with the Government of Taiwan for $2.5 million to implement a Regional Disaster Assistance and Reconstruction program over five years in Latin America and the Caribbean. The agreement will be signed today at the Organization of American States (OAS).

This new program allows PADF to respond to immediate emergency situations with humanitarian relief, support recovery and reconstruction activities, and implement community-based disaster preparation. It will build upon and expand PADF’s longstanding disaster assistance programming that has implemented projects supported by Taiwan for Haiti and those sponsored by corporate partners, the OAS, and other donors.

The plan will be carried out through the establishment of a PADF-Taiwan Disaster Assistance and Reconstruction Fund that will enable PADF to work closely with local communities and NGOs to respond when natural disasters strike, to provide rapid support for disaster reconstruction, and to strengthen regional disaster preparedness.

“PADF is pleased to expand its relationship with Taiwan by working together to respond and mitigate the impact of future disasters in the Caribbean and Central and South America. This initiative will not only save lives, but will also contribute to the recovery of communities after they have been affected by a disaster,” said John Sanbrailo, PADF Executive Director.

This donation follows previous collaborative agreements between PADF and Taiwan to provide assistance to Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake and other natural disasters. Last year PADF received a $300,000 grant from Taiwan to support the Foundation’s “3Rs” strategy in Haiti—Returning people to safe homes, Rebuilding neighborhoods, and Restoring livelihoods.

An earlier donation in 2009 helped PADF restore water access to thousands of residents in the Cayes-Jacmel area in the Sud-Est Department, after hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike damaged drinking water supply systems. The four-month project, costing more than $130,000 improved water access for more than 8,600 residents by installing pipes and floodgates, repairing water tanks, and constructing catchment and drainage systems, among others.

Over the years, PADF has responded to many of the hemisphere's major natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Recently, PADF has responded to natural disasters in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama and Saint Lucia. PADF provided relief aid to more than 1.7 million Haitians following the deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti and ensuing humanitarian crisis.

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 9 million people in 29 countries. Headquartered in Washington DC, PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia and other countries.

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