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Hurricane Mitch Disaster Relief
Although the disaster wrought by hurricane Mitch
in Central America has
disappeared form the headlines, by no means has it ceased to be an
emergency. In Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, over 11
thousand have died, 15 thousand have disappeared, and 2 million 300
are homeless. Millions are at risk from the outbreaks of cholera and
epidemics that are beginning to spread thoughout the area.
These countries are in dire need of international support. Please consider
the following options for your donations. They are all trustworthy
non-governmental organizations with direct contacts in the affected
FOR MONETARY DONATIONS
ASOCIACION DE GUATEMALTECOS (AGU),
a San Francisco based organization, is organizing to send funds to Guatemalan
organizations working directly in the affected areas.
Make checks payable to AGU/Hurricane Emergency. Send checks directly
to Washington Mutual Bank, 3438 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602,
Account # 192-22930-8. Bring any material donations to 870 Market Street,
Suite 667, SF CA 94102.
CASA ALIANZA (Covenant House)
is collecting funds for the people of Honduras through their bank in
Costa Rica as the Honduran banks remain closed. They will hand carry
cash to Honduras. Make an immediate bank to bank transfer:
Bank Name: Banco Credito Agricola de Cartago (Tel +506 225- 6948)
Bank Branch: Sucursal San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America.
Account Name: Casa Alianza International
Account no: 1509890065
Aba number 019199
Nicaragua & Honduras
The AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE (AFSC)
will use funds to support local recovery efforts by providing food and
materials most needed, especially blankets, sheets, children's clothes,
medicines, and canned foods. Donation will be distributed throught AFSC's
programs and program partnerships working in Honduras and Nicaragua,
including the Mennonite Social Action Committee.
--Make checks payabel to Hurricane Relief Fund, American Friends Service
Committees. To donate to a specific country, write that country in the
memo line. Send checks to 1501 Cherry Street, Philadephia, PA 19102.
For more information call Carl at (215) 241-7060 or David at (215) 241-7296.
for the Study of the Americas), a non-profit research group
based in Berkeley, California is collecting funds to send them to the
for People's Health and Education (CEPS), dedicated to health programs
emergency relief in Nicaragua.
--Checks should be made out to "CENSA" marked "Central
Relief Fund." Send to CENSA, 2288 Fulton Street, Office 103, Berkeley
The NICARAGUA NETWORK calls on all concerned citizens
to host emergency fundraisers in your community or to make individual
donations to assist the hurricane victims. Checks can be sent to the
Nicaragua Network and we will channel the funds to the Augusto C. Sandino
Foundation, Nicaragua's largest secular non-governmental organization,
which has been involved in disaster relief efforts for over fifteen
--Tax-deductible checks should be made out to NNEF/AGJ with "hurricane
relief" written on the memo line. Send your donation to 1247 E
Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003.
QUEST FOR PEACE is launching a three-month hurricane
aid campaign to ship rice and other products for disaster relief. Most
needed are monetary donations to purchase the rice in the US since Central
American rice is now scarce and expensive. The money will be channeled
to the Institute John the 23rd in Nicaragua.
--Make checks payable to Quest for Peace and write "Hurricane Fund"
in the memo line of the check. Send checks to PO Box 5206, Hyattsville
MD 20782. For more information call Quest for Peace at 301-699-0042
for information about medicine, clothing, blankets, or other products.
CISPES (Committee of Solidarity with the People
of El Salvdor) is receiving funds to send directly to CRIPDES, a non-governmental
organization that works with people of rural communities in their relief
Send your tax-deductible donation to CISPES Education Fund and earmarked
"hurricane relief", PO Box 1801, New York, NY, 10159.
FOR MEDICAL AND RELIEF SUPPLIES
Nicaragua and Mexico
A PASTORS FOR PEACE CARAVAN is now beginning on
five routes through the US. The trucks on the caravan are almost completely
filled with aid for Nicaragua and Chiapas, but they can still add vehicles
if communities would like to join. Several vehicles will be returning
to the U.S., so late additions can caravan back home. Call the Pastors
for Peace Chicago Office at 773-271-4817 for information.