Disaster

Ricardo Montaner y PADF Lanzan Campaña Humanitaria para Ayudar a Víctimas de la Erupción del Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala

Lanzan campaña humanitaria dirigida a ayudar a víctimas en las zonas más afectadas por la erupción del Volcán de Fuego en los departamentos de Sacatepéquez, Escuintla y Chimaltenango a 50 kilómetros al oeste de la capital guatemalteca.

Washington, DC (14 de junio de 2018) — La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF, por sus siglas en inglés), el brazo humanitario de Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), une fuerzas con el cantautor venezolano Ricardo Montaner, para responder con ayuda humanitaria a Guatemala tras la erupción del Volcán de Fuego. El volcán produjo una violenta erupción el pasado domingo 3 de junio, lanzando material volcánico a las aldeas más cercanas, causando la muerte de al menos 110 personas, y dejando a su paso 57 heridos, 197 desaparecidos, 3.652 albergados, 12.823 evacuados, y afectando a más de 1,7 millones de personas.

Por medio de un emotivo mensaje personal, Ricardo Montaner insta a las personas a contribuir. “Queridos amigos, Guatemala ha sufrido una pérdida incalculable, muchísimo dolor. Entre todos podríamos ayudar a muchísima gente.  Ponte la mano en el corazón y date cuenta de lo que eres capaz de conseguir con tu donación,” expresa Montaner.  El cantautor venezolano se ha comprometido a motivar al público y a corporaciones por medio de sus redes y plataformas sociales a donar en apoyo a Guatemala. Para ver el mensaje, visite: https://youtu.be/xHosMaC8dU8

El equipo local de PADF en Guatemala está trabajando con sus aliados locales para dar apoyo a las personas más afectadas. “Esta erupción ha sido la más violenta del volcán en Guatemala en un siglo. Nuestra prioridad es ayudar a los más vulnerables para minimizar el impacto humano, económico y social que este tipo de situaciones provoca en un país,” dijo Katie Taylor, Directora Ejecutiva de PADF. “Nuestra Fundación trabaja con organizaciones locales y grupos comunitarios para asegurar que su donativo llegue eficientemente a donde más se necesita,” recalcó Taylor. 

Las familias que han perdido sus hogares necesitarán apoyo de largo plazo para reconstruir sus viviendas, infraestructuras como escuelas, recuperar el acceso a los servicios y sus medios de vida, y restituir su estabilidad. Enfocados en estos esfuerzos de recuperación y reconstrucción, PADF coordinará con las comunidades y gobiernos locales, así como con los donantes internacionales para ayudar a las comunidades afectadas a recuperarse después de tan trágico incidente.

A través de este esfuerzo apoyado por Ricardo Montaner, el cantante y compositor de reggaetón estadounidense Nicky Jam, el actor y modelo Argentino Horacio Pancheri, entre otras figuras públicas, PADF ha hecho una convocatoria internacional para recaudar un millón de dólares para cubrir las principales necesidades de los más necesitados en Guatemala. 

Para más información y para contribuir, visite:https://www.padf.org/ayuda-guatemala-volcan-fuego

Acerca de PADF
La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF) es el brazo humanitario de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).  Establecida en 1962 por medio de un acuerdo especial por la OEA, PADF fomenta el progreso social, fortalece a las comunidades vulnerables, responde a los desastres de origen natural y las crisis humanitarias y promueve los derechos humanos y la democracia. 

Para más información, visite:  www.padf.org.
@PADForg

Contacto para unirse a esta campaña humanitaria:
María-Esmeralda Paguaga,
+1(571)237-2290 |  mepaguaga@yahoo.com

Contacto de prensa:
Luisa Villegas, Oficina de Comunicaciones, PADF
+1(202)458-3969 | connect@padf.org   

Contactos de Ricardo Montaner:
http://ricardomontaner.mx
https://twitter.com/montanertwiter
https://www.instagram.com/ricardomontaner/

PADF to Help Guatemalans Recover After Volcano Eruption, Accepting Donations

Washington, DC (June 5, 2018) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is accepting public donations to aid recovery and reconstruction efforts in Guatemala after the Fuego volcano eruption on June 3.

The eruption has killed at least 70 people and forced over 3,200 more to evacuate their homes. Now, local residents do not know when they will be able to return home – or if their homes are still standing. Streams of pyroclastic flow destroyed buildings, property, and possessions. The Guatemalan National Disaster Response Agency (CONRED) estimates that over 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption.

The PADF team in Guatemala is assessing damages on the ground and preparing to assist those who were affected by the disaster. Families who have lost their homes will need long-term support to reconstruct buildings, regain access to services, and reestablish stable lives. Focusing on recovery and reconstruction efforts, PADF coordinates with local communities, local governments, and international donors to help affected communities recover.

“PADF stands in solidarity with victims and their families,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director at PADF. “We are mobilizing a disaster recovery effort so that families have the means to recover their normal lives and prevent future eruptions from becoming disasters. Everyone can lend a hand in this time of need. Monetary donations will help families recover even faster.”

Donations may be made through this webpage: www.padf.org/help-guatemala-fuego-volcano

PADF has responded to many of the Western Hemisphere’s worst disasters since its founding in 1962. As the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF activates post-disaster recovery efforts and simultaneously promotes disaster preparedness and resilience in vulnerable communities.

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The Pan American Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites civil society, governments, and the private sector to promote sustainable livelihoods, strengthen democracy, promote justice and security, and improve disaster resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region. Last year, more than 10 million people benefited from PADF’s work in sustainable community development. For more information, visit www.padf.org.

Disaster Recovery Update: Mexico, Caribbean

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma quickly became the strongest recorded Atlantic hurricane ever, with wind speed - and consequential destruction - rivaling that of a tornado. As it pummeled Caribbean islands, many communities were so damaged that they had to completely evacuate, as in the case of Barbuda. Only a few weeks later, Hurricane Maria followed Irma's path, knocking out power and road access to many parts of Puerto Rico.

During the same month, two earthquakes devastated the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and then in the Mexico City area. The two earthquakes reduced dozens of buildings to piles of rubble and damaged countless others. The first, which struck the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, was Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century, with powerful aftershocks that were felt for days.

See more: PADF Damage Assessment Photos of Post-Earthquake Oaxaca.

PADF has been orchestrating strategic disaster response since its conception in 1962. We have responded to over 70 of the hemisphere's worst disasters in the last 50+ years. When determining our response to these disasters, we take a number of different criteria into account: How can PADF best serve the most vulnerable affected individuals and communities? Will the solution be sustainable and practical? What practices can we employ that will help communities become more resilient than before the disaster, thereby reducing their risk for future disasters?

PADF's Response

Juchitán, Mexico. After an initial assessment of the earthquake's damage, we are supporting Centro de Atención Múltiple No.8 (C.A.M. No.8) in Juchitán with our reconstruction effort. C.A.M. No.8 is a school that serves students with disabilities and has been instrumental in raising awareness to the need of inclusion of these disadvantaged students in society. Certain damaged areas of the school are at higher risk of crumbling and must be replaced. PADF is helping the school with demolition of damaged infrastructure, replacing water tanks, repairing utilities and, most importantly, rebuilding the main classrooms and therapy room. Our focus is helping to restore normal routines for the students, thereby keeping them in school and advancing their education.

Mexico City area, Mexico. The PepsiCo Foundation has donated $500,000 to be used in the Mexico City area, which has a metro population of over 21 million. PADF has conducted on-the-ground assessments of the damage. We will keep all stakeholders informed as the ground assessment informs our response.

Puerto Rico. PADF has focused on Puerto Rico as a geographic for intervention, given its long list of complex post-disaster needs. In Puerto Rico, we are working with local and international stakeholders to identify our area of intervention. The PepsiCo Foundation has also supported the disaster response in Puerto Rico by donating $500,000 to be pooled with individual contributions.

We will post updates as recovery efforts develop in each of these areas. Thank you again for your donation and for supporting post-crisis communities. With your help, we will support the most vulnerable people in these areas, seeking to make their communities safer and more disaster resilient than ever.


Photos: Damage Assessment from Post-Earthquake Oaxaca

Seven weeks have passed since a magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook the southern Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

The earthquake was Mexico's strongest in a century. Nearly 100 people died and hundreds more were injured as a result. Buildings across the region were reduced to piles of rubble, and infrastructure has sustained great damage.

PADF is responding to the disaster in southern Mexico, monitoring local needs.

We recently assessed damage in and around Juchitán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Problems in Juchitán are particularly evident - remnants of buildings, now piles of rubble, line street corners. Airports, hospitals, hotels, businesses and public services are still shut down. But the damage goes deeper.

Before the earthquake, a municipal building occupied this area. It was completely destroyed. The remaining yellow building, a market, has also been severely damaged.

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This building was completely dislodged from its foundation, dropping into the banks of a river.

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Structural damage has prevented many businesses and public services from reopening.

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The earthquake also destroyed residences, leaving many people homeless.

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Under closer examination, many buildings that appear unaffected show signs of severe structural damage.

Below, crooked closet frames expose a sloping floor.

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Cracks in the foundation make buildings more vulnerable to long-term damage and future earthquakes.

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Cleanup crews are still working to remove rubble.

BBC News: Who cleans up after hurricanes, earthquakes and war?

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Local workers clear rubble from urban streets.

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Much of the rubble has been temporarily dumped on the sides of nonresidential streets.

Juchitán will face a major recovery effort, as this material must be dealt with.

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PADF is responding to the recent earthquakes in Mexico. We are collecting donations to help hardest-hit earthquake victims recover and rebuild what they lost. To help the recovery of Juchitán and the area, please make a contribution.


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PepsiCo Foundation Donates to PADF $1 Million for Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico & Mexico

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.

PADF Responds to Devastating Mexican Earthquakes

Juchitán Earthquake

On September 7, a devastating magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck southern Mexico during the night. It was the most powerful Mexican earthquake in a century, and it killed more than 90 people in Juchitán and the surrounding area of Oaxaca and Chiapas. It also damaged vital infrastructure and various significant buildings, causing a state of emergency in the area. Powerful aftershocks were felt for days around the region. It also destroyed the region's main hospital and left families many doubting the structural integrity of their homes.

Mexico City Earthquake

Then, on September 19, a catastrophic magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City and its surroundings, toppling dozens of buildings and severely damaging many more. Skyscrapers visibly rocked back and forth. Workers flooded the streets, hoping to get out before their workplaces crumbled. Nearly 300 people were killed in the incident, many trapped under rubble. Vital infrastructure and hundreds of community services like schools, shelters, roads and bridges suffered severe damage and urgently need to be rehabilitated.

PADF Responds

Both areas of the country need immediate assistance and emergency supplies. They also need long-term support to rebuild what they have lost to the misfortune of the disasters. PADF will assist the communities in greatest need, helping them to recover and rebuild their lives following the disaster. PADF is currently assessing the situation to intervene in the areas of greatest need, using its expertise in disaster response and coordination of resilient communities. 

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Hurricanes Irma & Maria Leave Thousands Homeless

On September 5-6, Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda before moving on to hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Bahamas. The record-breaking Category 5 hurricane was the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, and it rendered thousands homeless.

Just a couple weeks after Hurricane Irma caused so much damage in the Leeward Islands, Hurricane Maria quickly strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane before smashing the island nation of Dominica with 160 mph winds and heavy rain. Several mudslides occurred as the hurricane destroyed 90% of buildings on the island, littering it with structural debris. The hurricane also pummeled straight into Puerto Rico, which caused extensive damage and knocked out its electrical grid. Now, 3.4 million residents could be facing a humanitarian crisis as officials say power could be off for moths. A major dam's structural integrity was compromised, and now it's threatening to collapse.

The hurricanes have caused damage of historic proportions. For the first time in 300 years, the entire island of Barbuda (of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda) is uninhabited, as its 1,800 now homeless residents fled to Antigua. Irma's 185 mph winds knocked out 95% of its infrastructure. In Dominica, 98% of all buildings have suffered damage, and many are beyond repair. In Puerto Rico, 3.4 million residents are still struggling to access electricity and water after its grid collapsed.

The gravity of the devastation calls for an immediate and long-term response to rebuild what was destroyed by the hurricanes.

“Our closest friends and neighbors in the Caribbean and Mexico are confronting some of most tragic natural disasters in the history of our Hemisphere. We must all respond to support their efforts to rebuild more resilient communities after such widespread destruction and suffering.”
— John Sanbrailo, Executive Director, PADF

PADF will work alongside local organizations to rebuild more resilient communities that are capable of withstanding and responding to future extreme weather events. Since first responding to disasters 55 years ago, we have developed a strong network of partners in the Caribbean that work with local communities to recover from disastrous events.

Now, you can be part of the disaster response. Monetary donations help alleviate immediate disaster-related needs, like locally-purchased water, food and supplies. Please donate to be a vital part of the Caribbean's effort to recover from these catastrophic storms.

Realistic Disaster Simulation Prepares Communities & Authorities

Guatemala is one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world. Between droughts, floods, volcano eruptions, earthquakes and landslides, Guatemala is geographically placed to experience a major disaster event more frequently than other countries.

And aside from its geographic placement, its weak infrastructure often amplifies the negative effects of weather hazards. PADF is working with local authorities in reducing the risk of disaster by making key changes to infrastructure and preparation.

But disaster events are often unforeseen. How can officials prepare to save more lives in the hours and days after a disaster?

In a simulation held by PADF on September 2 and 3, local disaster teams (called COLREDs) in Guatemala trained to respond to disaster situations. Local community members role-played as disaster victims, acting desperate with injuries painted on their skin, as COLRED members trained in first response and disaster recovery.

The simulation was part of the Yo Me Preparo project, funded by Taiwan.

More than 180 disaster response personnel - including firefighters, national police, and national disaster defense - were trained in the simulation. They learned about evacuation and security systems, first response, and emergency planning.

In addition, mechanisms were shown for saving the highest quantity of people possible in any disaster situation.

In Guatemala, communities built on steep hillsides are especially prone to experiencing landslides. Therefore, it was vital that COLRED members trained in excavating people and rescuing those who had been trapped inside their homes.

At the end of the day, participants were reminded of the importance of preparing for rainy season, when soil gets water-logged and loses its adhesiveness. Each community should work together to take preparative measures before the threat of a disaster, because Guatemala depends on its local disaster personnel to save lives.

8-Year-Old Raises "Coins for Colombia"

After the April mudslide in Mocoa, Colombia, a relief campaign came from an unlikely source: a third grade classroom.

R.J. Delgado-Borrero, a third grader at Morris Elementary school in Lenox, Mass., has close family ties to Mocoa, where a landslide killed and injured hundreds. Fortunately, his family members were not affected by the incident, but they were still shaken by the tragedy.

"I got sad when my mom told me about it," said R.J.

He and his mother wanted to do something for those affected by the disaster, so they decided to rally the school community to support Mocoa in Colombia's Putumayo department. 

"We planned to raise money for Colombia but we needed the school's help," said R.J.

The Colombian family passed around handwritten flyers asking for donations for Mocoa. Inspired by their effort, the school administration organized a "Coins for Colombia" fundraising drive, donating the proceeds to PADF's Mocoa landslide relief effort.

For a week, teachers shared with their students about the importance of helping people in need. Little by little, students and families donated change and small bills for the cause. By the end of the weeklong campaign, they had collected $645 in donations.

"R.J. shared his concern for his fellow Colombians with such compassion and enthusiasm," said Carolyn Boyce, the principal of Morris Elementary. "He checked in with me every day to see what the status of the drive was."

Boyce added that "he was very concerned that we get 'the right kind of money' to Colombia, because our currency is different than theirs."

R.J. was glad to make a positive difference. "So everyone would know about the drive, I held up the sign in morning car line. Then we raised $645! It made me feel happy that the whole school was trying to help."

After three rivers overflowed in April, landslides killed, injured, and displaced hundreds. PADF responded to the Mocoa landslide, immediately coordinating emergency supplies and health services.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for our school to come together and raise funds for an important cause," said Boyce. "I am very proud of R.J. and the Morris Elementary School community for making a small difference in the lives of people from another country."