I read from my friend Joe Felix of the devastation in Haiti.NO---FORTY percent of JACMEL?? The Victorian Gem of Haiti, the precious jewel. Jacmel is the premier tourist destination of Haiti.
I pause and weep.
Join me for a moment of silence, please.
I have worked along side PADF for two years. Although I do not agree with the "Washington Consensus", PADF will see that the aid is delivered on the ground.
Please send what you can, if you can.
WASHINGTON, Aug 30, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Hurricane Gustav has left a trail of death and destruction in several impoverished Haitian communities and the Pan American Development Foundation urgently seeks donations ( www.PanAmericanRelief.org) to aid the victims.
"It's very grave. We need help and we need it now," says PADF's ( www.padf.org) Joe Felix from Jacmel, Haiti, a city of approximately 50,000 residents about two hours from the capital of Port-Au-Prince. "Hurricane Gustav destroyed roads, houses and farms. There is no electricity and no potable water. About 40 percent of this city has been destroyed." Other coastal cities are just as bad and some are cut off from help, he says.
PADF is urgently asking for donations to aid the victims. PADF launched a site called www.PanAmericanRelief.org. Donations made through www.PanAmericanRelief.org are secure and deductable from U.S. taxes.
Meanwhile, two shipping containers with donated fortified rice and soy protein meal packages cleared Haitian Customs on Friday and PADF will make the food available to the victims of Hurricane Gustav. In addition to the shipping containers, PADF is coordinating with Haitian and U.S. government officials to provide assistance to the most devastated areas.
"Donations made via www.PanAmericanRelief.org will provide immediate help to families who are struggling to survive in these impoverished communities," says Amy Coughenour Betencourt, Deputy Director of the non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. "Your donation will make a difference."
PADF had a positive impact on more than 3.6 million people in 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries last year.
PADF works with civil society, the private sector, and governments to create opportunities and improve lives for the disadvantaged in Latin America and the Caribbean. With a commitment to local capacity and the Inter-American spirit of cooperation, PADF builds programs that create jobs, enhance education, build skills, foster community participation, and strengthen resiliency through the power of people, local solutions, and partnerships. PADF was founded in 1962 as a non-profit affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS).
SOURCE Pan American Development Foundation http://www.padf.org
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