Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua
- Floods and Mudslides
+ World Community Service help

In mid-October 2005, torrential rains caused by Hurricane Stan resulted in devastating mudslides in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Costa Rica. At least 1,000 people are estimated to have died in the mudslides and the death count is likely to rise.

The Rotary Club of Nordeste (District 4250) is collecting funds to purchase food, medicine, water, and fuel for trucks and helicopters delivering aid. For more information or to make a contribution, please contact District Governor-elect Carlos Ernesto Andrade via e-mail.

The Rotary Club of Tapachula Centenario (District 4200) in Mexico is collecting funds to assist hurricane victims throughout Tapachula Chiapas. Food, water, and medicine will be purchased and distributed to community members. For more information, please contact Club President Roberto Grajales Andrade, e-mail, telephone: 52-962-628-2476 or Secretary Eduardo Pineda Arenas, e-mail, telephone: 52-962-62-64431.

On October 11, 2005, Rotary International President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman Frank Devlyn, P.R.I.P., send the following letter:

“To all Rotarians affected: We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent earthquake that hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, and of the floods and mudslides in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua caused by Hurricane Stan. It has been devastating to learn of these castastrophes that have taken the lives of more than 30,000 people.

As Rotarians will seek out opportunities to provide immediate and long-term assistance to your communities, plese contact RI staff with information regarding local relief efforts being undertaken by clubs in your area so that we may share this information with the Rotary community via the RI Website. Please send a description of your club’s project, Rotarian contact information, and photographs (if possible) to the World Community Service Program Coordinator, e-mail, in the International Service Programs section. Your relief efforts will be posted on the RI website for Rotarians wishing to contribute funds and/or donated goods to victims.

When organizing your club or district’s response to a local or international disaster, we recommend that Rotarians work closely with an experienced disaster relief organization such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. While an immediate response is necessary at this time, we encourage you to begin thinking of long-term assistance projects, through Rotary’s World Community Service. As always, our thoughts are with you during this time of need and you have the support of Rotarians and RI staff around the world.” - R. I. President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar and Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman Frank Devlyn

Zimbabwe Famine Program

District 9210 is seeking financial contributions to help establish a six-month feeding program to feed 40,000 people suffering from starvation due to the recent famine in Zimbabwe. Due to the current political and economic crisis, the people of Zimbabwe are facing a severe famine. One third of the 8 million people affected by the famine only have about four meals each week and an estimated 75 percent of the population is suffering from starvation. District 9210 has established a relationship with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and several clubs in the district are collecting funds for the distribution of food throughout the country. The district is now distributing maize meal at a rate of 330 grams per person per day and is raising funds in order to continue its feeding program, focusing on providing food to orphans and destitute elderly. Plans are underway to assist at least 40,000 people in the seven cities of Zimbabwe in which Rotary clubs are present. The district is also pursuing two Matching Grants from The Rotary Foundation.

Read more about Rotary's World Community Service.

Club and District Disaster Relief Efforts

Relief efforts are being undertaken by individual Rotary clubs and districts. To contribute to these relief initiatives, please contact the Rotarian Disaster Relief Coordinator listed for the appropriate relief effort. Please contact the Rotarian coordinating relief efforts for guidance on sending contributions from your country.

When organizing club or district relief efforts, it is important to work closely with an experienced disaster relief organization such as the International Federation of the Red Cross. What makes RI so unique is that they have established a network of over 32,000 clubs worldwide and implementing successful, long-term projects is what Rotary does best. An immediate emergency response is necessary, but R. I. encourages individuals, clubs, and districts to start thinking of how they can provide long-term assistance.

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