Open-source technology is putting vulnerable communities on the map for the first time – and it could save lives.
On a recent visit to Mixco, Guatemala, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and students from George Washington University (GWU) mapped communities using nothing more than open-source platforms and the GPS in their smartphones.
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PADF, George Washington University Train Students to Map Using Mobile Phones
Hearly G. Mayr
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Taiwan and PADF training program benefits 14,000 residents
Dangriga, Belize (June 30, 2016) – Thousands of residents of coastal Belize are better prepared for extreme weather and the effects of climate change after a yearlong program funded by Taiwan and implemented by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF).
Guatemala’s Dry Corridor has been deeply impacted by the effects of climate change. Cyclical droughts are causing food insecurity and affecting livelihoods in the region. Families struggle to produce enough food to meet basic needs. Losses of staple crops are as high as 100 percent in some regions.
Washington, D.C (November 18, 2015) – A new program funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) will enhance the ability of thousands of vulnerable farmers in Guatemala’s “Dry Corridor” to withstand cyclical droughts.
La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), a través de su órgano afiliado la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (FUPAD), anunció una donación de más de 100.000 dólares a comunidades en El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala y Nicaragua que se han visto afectadas por las recientes fuertes lluvias.
El huracán Irene ha alcanzado actualmente la categoría 3 en la escala Simpson-Saffir. Se prevé que cobrará mayor fuerza y podría alcanzar la categoría 4. Se esperan vientos máximos de cerca de 120 mph, con ráfagas que podrían ser incluso mayores. Se prevé que el huracán Irene seguirá en dirección noroeste a una velocidad de 12 mph durante la noche, a medida que se acerca a la costa oriental de los Estados Unidos.
WASHINGTON, DC - With Hurricane Tomas barreling towards Haiti and the hundreds of thousands of people in displacement camps, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is urgently seeking cash donations so it can help this already battered population.
"Hurricane Tomas couldn't come at a worst time as the country battles a deadly cholera epidemic and is trying to rebuild after the destructive quake," says Amy Coughenour, PADF's deputy executive director.
More than 1.3 million Haitians are in crowded, poorly equipped displacement camps that offer no shelter …
http://www.PanAmericanRelief.org is a secure method to help, PADF says
Washington, D.C., June 1, 2010 - After Tropical Depression Agatha killed nearly 180 people and affected more than 170,000 in Central America, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks corporate and individual donations to provide critical support to those in need.
Donations accepted on toll-free number (877) 572-4484
Washington, D.C., January 13, 2010 - After the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti, the non-profit Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is asking companies, governments and individuals for $10 million in order to meet the urgent needs of Haitians.
"This is a critical time for Haiti and our neighbors need our help," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's Executive Director.
PADF - the natural disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States (OAS) - is preparing to send emergency relief supplies …
Washington, D.C., Dec. 17 Major League Baseball pitcher and former Texas Rangers Joaquin Benoit is adding new meaning to the word relief this Christmas for thousands of Haitians.
Benoit responded to the Pan American Development Foundations request for cash assistance that allows the non-profit to deliver hospital equipment to areas in Haiti that are still recovering from hurricanes and to the countrys toughest slums.
When I heard that our neighbors in Haiti needed medical equipment, I felt compelled to make a difference, says Benoit, who is from the Dominican Republic.
8,000 in Shelters Still Urgently Need Aid
Washington, D.C., December 7, 2009 - Food, water, critical supplies and medical support donated through DIAGEO's 'Spirit of the Americas' are on their way to three Salvadoran communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Ida, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announced.
"DIAGEO's donation will make a significant difference for families who lost everything during this devastating hurricane," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's Executive Director.
Urgent Need Continues for 14,000 Survivors of Hurricane Ida
Washington, D.C., November 13, 2009 - Emergency supplies donated by Chevron, operating in El Salvador under its Texaco brand, will arrive this weekend to Salvadoran communities struggling in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Ida, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announced.
"We applaud Chevron as it continues to answer the call for help during natural disasters and humanitarian crises," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's Executive Director.
Citi Foundation, FedEx, Aerocasillas Support Vital Airlift
Washington, D.C., November 12, 2009 - An emergency shipment of tents, tarps and other critical supplies are being rushed to El Salvador to aid the survivors of devastating Hurricane Ida, the Pan American Development Foundation announced.
Thirteen pallets with a special shelter kit - which also includes water purification tablets, canteens, cooking equipment and more - arrives Friday to San Salvador.
Hard-Hit El Salvador Needs Relief for 10,000 People
OAS, PADF Respond to Government's Plea for Food
Washington, D.C. Oct. 5, 2009 - Four cargo containers with desperately needed food will be sent to Guatemala's drought-stricken regions to help stave off malnutrition and starvation due to the worst drought in this country in 30 years, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announced.
"This grave situation becomes even more compelling because young children are the first victims of malnutrition," says Assistant Secretary General of the OAS Ambassador Albert Ramdin.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (September 9, 2008) - Nearly 500 survivors of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike are out of the rain tonight thanks to temporary shelters that were provided by Citi through its Citi Foundation and flown to Haiti by FedEx, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announced today.
"Corporate partners like FedEx and Citi saw an immediate need and were able to meet it," says Amy Coughenour, Deputy Director of the Pan American Development Foundation.
FedEx made special arrangements to send one of its planes with relief supplies.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- In the aftermath of three back-to-back natural disasters that so far left more than 170 people dead in Haiti, the Pan American Development Foundation (http://www.padf.org) is asking the public for donations to help the survivors who are living in a desperate situation.
"We have field reports of people who have not had a drink of water in days," says Amy CoughenourBetancourt, Deputy Director of PADF.
Haitians took to the streets in early April in protest of rising food costs. Country-wide demonstrations lasted several days; and many businesses, public offices, and private homes suffered damages. The rising cost of living, although felt worldwide, is particularly marked in Haiti where a large percentage of food and essential products are imported-a condition further exacerbated by the global rise in fuel costs.
Donations reach more than $150,000 in Value; Foundation solicits continuing solidarity