InterAction Members Respond to the Victims of the Floods in Venezuela 20 Dec 1999

Press Contact: Shanta Bryant, 202-667-8227 x115
NGO Contacts: James Bishop, Director of Humanitarian Response, 202-667-8227, x104
Tony Stitt, Senior Program Associate, x106
The following list was produced by InterAction, a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, development and refugee assistance agencies. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

Torrential rains and mudslides have devastated the coast of Venezuela, mostly affecting the State of Vargas. The death toll is estimated at more than 10,000 people, according to government officials. The overall population affected by the floods is about 200,000 with thousands reported missing. InterAction members are providing much needed humanitarian assistance to victims of the floods

InterAction members listed below are accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to victims of the floods in Venezuela. Visit the following links for further information:

Reliefweb for up-to-date information on Venezuela

InterAction's Guide to Appropriate Giving and Donations.

American Jewish World Service - Venezuela Flood Relief
989 Avenue of the Americas, 10th floor
New York, NY 10018

Brother's Brother Foundation/Venezuela
1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 3005
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-2341

Food for the Hungry
7729 E. Greenway Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(800) 2-HUNGER

Lutheran World Relief
POB 17061
Baltimore MD 21298-9832
(800) 597-5972

Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief
815 Second Avenue
New York, New York 10017-4594
(212) 716-6025

United States Committee for UNICEF
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 922-2659

United Way International
701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2045 USA
(703) 519-0092

Details of InterAction Member Assistance in Venezuela

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
(updated December 20, 99)

AJWS will be channeling donated funds through project partners in the region and through other local and international non governmental agencies.

Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF)
(updated December 20, 99)

BBF is working directly with partner agencies in Venezuela, as well as the Venezuelan Relief Committee, Center for Latin American Studies in Pittsburgh, and Venezuelan relief authorities. Cash donations will be used to buy needed items or to cover the costs of shipping materials donated by corporations. BBF has sent donated goods to Venezuela several times over the past few years. These efforts have been in concert with local Rotary Clubs in Venezuela and other organizations.

Food for the Hungry
(updated December 20, 99)

Food for the Hungry has responded with an initial $250,000 worth of food, medicine, and clothing. Donations are needed to help pay for shipping costs.

Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief
(updated December 20, 99)

The Bishop's Fund has sent an emergency grant to the Diocese of Venezuela in the amount of $25,000.

United Way
(updated December 20, 99)

Dividendo Voluntario Para La Comunidad, The United Way affiliate in Caracas, is playing a crucial role in local relief efforts. The United Way is accepting donations on behalf of Dividendo and will forward 100% of all gifts directly to their relief fund.