PADF Accepting Donations for Flood Victims in Mocoa, Colombia

Appeal for Flood Victims in Mocoa, Colombia

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is seeking cash donations to aid flood victims in Mocoa, Colombia, which was devastated by severe floods and mudslides. 

There is an urgent need for locally purchased food assistance, water purification supplies, materials for emergency shelters, kitchen and hygiene kits, hand tools to begin clean-up activities, electrical generators and other items.                                                                        

Since early 2017, severe weather events have impacted a total of 11 departments in Colombia, according to the National Disaster and Risk Management Unit. On April 1, heavy rains caused three rivers (Mocoa, Sancoyaco and Mulato) to overflow, triggering a massive mudslide in Mocoa, the capital city of Putumayo. This tragedy has affected 17 neighborhoods of Mocoa. 

More than 260 people lost their lives and hundreds of people are injured or missing. More than 1,000 people are living in temporary shelters.  The water distribution system and hospital network have collapsed and there is a high risk of public health emergencies.  Overall damages are being calculated by the National Disaster and Risk Management Unit.

PADF is accepting donations to support Mocoa Colombia Flood Relief at: www.padf.org/mocoa.  Corporations can also wire transfer funds to PADF based on the instructions shown below.

PADF has a longstanding partnership with the Colombian government to help vulnerable populations and aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.  Our Colombia staff works with various government agencies, municipalities, community groups and local NGOs throughout the country.

PADF is an affiliate of the Organization of American States with 55 years of experience delivering humanitarian supplies to disaster victims, operating through local communities. We are coordinating our relief efforts with Colombia’s Department of Social Prosperity (DPS) and other entities to assist those affected, as we have done for drought and flood victims in other departments, such as La Guajira.

We work to assist victims who urgently need your help. All projects are supervised by technical experts from the PADF (FUPAD) office in Colombia.  Due diligence has been performed to ensure that funds are properly managed and quickly reach those most impacted by the floods and mudslides, in response to the highest priority needs.

PADF specializes in partnering with corporations, diaspora groups and individuals to ensure that assistance is delivered within days of the donation in an accountable and transparent manner. If desired, donations can be branded with your company or group logo and publicized in local and national media. Corporate or group donations receive impact reports and photos and are recognized on PADF’s website and in our Annual Report.

As a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donations to PADF are fully tax deductible in the United States. PADF has one of the lowest operating costs in the international nonprofit sector.

We partner with the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and its member AmChams in the region to carry out these programs.

For further assistance, you can contact Liza Mantilla, Director for Disaster Management at PADF headquarters in Washington, D.C. at: lmantilla@padf.org or (202) 458-3731; or Catalina Martinez, Manager of International Cooperation at the PADF (FUPAD) office in Bogota at: cmartinez@fupad.org or (571) 651-3838.