Partners of the Americas responds to Hurricane Isidore in Yucatán, Mexico

Report
from Partners of the Americas
Published on 06 Oct 2002
Washington, D.C.- Partners of the Americas (Partners), along with the Iowa Partners and the Central Iowa Red Cross, has launched an appeal to help residents of the state of Yucatán in Mexico, respond to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Isidore. The Mexican government declared the state of Yucatán a disaster area and is sending food, medicines, and financial resources to rebuild affected areas.
Local, national and international forces are being mobilized to assist the 500,000 individuals that have been affected by the storm. The Hurricane virtually destroyed electricity distribution by knocking down 5,500 poles in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, alone. Flooding has severely damaged agricultural production throughout the state and has affected local businesses, homes and schools.

Partners' dedicated volunteers also want to help the people of Yucatán help themselves rebuild after Hurricane Isidore. As a people-to-people organization with a 37-year history in Mexico, Partners is focusing on short-term relief for disaster-stricken areas with an eye towards developing longer-term strategies. Our 15 years of experience working directly in disaster preparedness throughout Latin America make Partners one of the most experienced organizations on the scene.

How You Can Help

Your donation will assist Yucatán via the local chapter of the Yucatán-Iowa Partnership of Partners of the Americas. Cash donations will target areas that were particularly hard-hit, and will focus on specific projects such as school re-building. Together as Partners we can help Yucatán rebuild by helping the chapter deploy volunteer teams, by providing materials for work brigades and by linking families to assistance. For those interested in making a contributions, you can donate on-line at www.partners.net/get=5Finvolved/donate.htm and indicate that funds are for Isidore, or please make checks payable to Partners of the Americas and mail to: Partners, Hurricane Isidore Relief Fund, 1424 K Street, NW, #700, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Please contact the following staff member for more information on how you can help:

Rich Lamporte
1424 K Street, #700, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 628-6222
Fax: (202) 628-3306
E-mail: rlamporte@partners.net