PADF in 2021

In 2021, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) reached over 3.1 million people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We invite you to watch and share our year-end video, which shows what we were able to achieve with your support.

We’re also looking ahead to 2022, when PADF turns 60. The past two years have shown that our work is more vital than ever. Give today to help us continue serving the most vulnerable communities in our hemisphere in 2022 and beyond.

A Letter From PADF Executive Director Katie Taylor

With your invaluable support over this past year, PADF reached over 3.1 million people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and partnered with 5,200 organizations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the disparities across our region and multiplied needs. PADF continued to adapt its programs and provided urgent assistance to 1.3 million people affected by COVID-19 while carrying on our core work – addressing the needs of vulnerable populations, promoting sustainable livelihoods, and advancing rights and justice.

I thank you for your continued generosity and invite you to review some highlights of what we were able to achieve in 2021, together.


Two people move a case of water out of a truck.

PADF responded to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that devastated southwest Haiti in August, delivering lifesaving supplies to over 3,000 families.

The earthquake surprised me, and I had nothing to feed my children. This food kit arrived at the right time.”

In partnership with the Royal Caribbean Group, we are providing grants to people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in communities throughout the Caribbean to help them get back on their feet.

Mexico and Central America

An illustration of a domestic worker at a kitchen counter.

In Mexico, PADF launched the #ConTratoDigno campaign to encourage employers to learn about and respect the labor rights of domestic workers. It also aims to amplify the voices of domestic workers, who support thousands of households and contribute to the Mexican economy.

In Guatemala, we are training indigenous women on measures to combat trafficking in persons. Our framework incorporates prevention, protection, and partnerships and emphasizes grassroots work, community empowerment, and locally led approaches.

South America

Members of the deaf community during a training on gender-based violence prevention.

Women and girls with disabilities are at increased risk of being victims of various forms of violence, including sexual abuse. In Paraguay, PADF trained 86 youth leaders from the deaf community on how to prevent gender-based violence.

At the northern border of Ecuador, PADF partnered with civil society and the private sector to deliver targeted assistance to vulnerable Ecuadorians, Colombian refugee victims of the armed conflict, and Venezuelan migrants.

In Colombia, PADF works with communities in rural municipalities implementing crime and violence prevention projects and rapprochement between the National Police and local communities. Over the last three years, the project has implemented more than 50 initiatives that have directly benefited more than 1,000 communities.

Venezuela Response

People in a field of vetiver grass that is being watered.

PADF is proud to partner with IAMovement to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for indigenous Warao women who fled with their families from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago in search of a better life. By growing and weaving with vetiver grass, the women can economically improve their lives and positively impact the environment.

Your Support

As the year closes, we welcome your tax-deductible gift, in any amount, through our website or via your donor-advised fund.

In 2022, we look forward to celebrating our 60th anniversary and envisioning what we can achieve in the next 60 years. I truly believe that together we can create a hemisphere of opportunity, for all.

With gratitude,

Katie Taylor - Executive Director
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Katie Taylor

PADF Executive Director

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