Washington, DC (October 25, 2017) - The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has received a donation of $1 million dollars from the PepsiCo Foundation to support post-disaster community recovery efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
“Our neighbors in Mexico and the Caribbean have endured immense suffering,” says Katie Taylor, Executive Director of PADF. “We mourn with each person affected by these horrific disasters. PADF is committed to restoring lost livelihoods and economic opportunities, improving access to safe shelters and clean drinking water, and helping communities to get back on their feet.” She adds, “PADF is proud to work side by side with the people of Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the PepsiCo Foundation. Together we will build stronger communities that are capable of bouncing back more quickly from future disasters.”
On September 7 and September 19, earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.2 and 7.1 shook Mexico, killing more than 350 people and toppling buildings in Oaxaca, Morelos, Puebla, Guerrero and Mexico City. Vital infrastructure, including schools, marketplaces, healthcare facilities, roads, and homes sustained damage. On September 21, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to strike the US territory in 90 years. Winds exceeded 155 miles per hour and toppled power lines and cellphone towers, paralyzed transportation, decimated farmers’ crops, and caused damage to vital tourism infrastructure and services. One month after the hurricane, a majority of the island’s 3.4 million residents are still without sufficient food, water, and power.
“The massive scale of these disasters has created extremely complex challenges that will require long-term, comprehensive community recovery and reconstruction strategies,” said Liza Mantilla, Director of Disaster Management at PADF. “The destruction in many areas has been catastrophic. We are grateful for the compassion and commitment that PepsiCo Foundation has extended to our neighbors in need.” The work of PADF will focus on restoring livelihoods, access to good nutrition and safe water, and resilient community services in Puerto Rico and underserved areas of Oaxaca and Morelos.
PepsiCo stands in solidarity with the communities affected by these events. PepsiCo Chairperson and CEO Indra K. Nooyi affirms, “PepsiCo is committed to supporting our communities in a time of need. Over the past week, we’ve offered that support once more, working closely with relief organizations in Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States to help communities devastated by recent natural disasters.” She adds, “We stand with the people of Mexico City, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean as they begin the work of recovering and rebuilding.” The PepsiCo Foundation has dedicated more than $6.5 million for disaster relief and recovery in the last month.
The Pan American Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings together diverse partners and community stakeholders to strengthen economic opportunities, civil society engagement, democracy and human rights, and local capabilities to prepare for and respond to disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established 1962 by the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF has over five decades of experience building stronger, more resilient communities in every country in the region. During the past decade, PADF initiatives have enabled 92 million people to enjoy improved security and quality of life. For more information, visit www.padf.org.