Hurricane Iota Relief Fund

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Hurricane Iota Relief Fund

Project Report | Apr 19, 2021
Weathering back-to-back storms together

By Mikaela Raphael | GlobalGiving Fellow

Photo: EcoViva NFP
Photo: EcoViva NFP

Last November, communities in Central America were tasked with responding to dramatic flooding and mudslides caused by back-to-back hurricanes as they also battled economic crises sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme climate events.

Your donation made it into the hands of local, vetted nonprofits responding to Hurricane Iota and Hurricane Eta across Central America. Here's a brief glimpse of where your donations made a difference:

  • Cruz Roja Nicaragüense has been providing emergency relief after disasters for years in Nicaragua. When Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota struck, their team immediately began providing primary health care, food delivery, hygiene kits, and building materials. The organization has now shifted its focus to providing water, sanitation, hygiene, psychosocial support to impacted individuals.
  • Fabretto Children’s Foundation has been a GlobalGiving partner since 2009 and has an extensive track record of serving low-income communities across Nicaragua. In the immediate aftermath of both Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota, the organization delivered more than 100,000 pounds of food, hygiene items, and household goods to nearly 2,000 families. The nonprofit is now focused on supporting farming families that have seen their entire season of crops destroyed.
  • Banco de Alimentos de Honduras uses its deep network and community connections to provide food access across Honduras. The team is dedicated to driving resources to the states and areas most impacted by Eta and Iota to improve food security in the wake of the storms.
  • Grace Honduras' mission is to provide holistic support, with a specific focus on education, to families who live and work in the garbage dumps of Honduras. In San Pedro Sula, the organization jumped into action to achieve five major goals: rebuild four storm-damaged homes, repair 10 roofs, provide direct financial support to 10 families, and provide psychosocial services to families who completely lost their homes, and ensure reliable transportation to medical services.
  • Agua Pura Para El Pueblo is closely connected with a partner organization, Proyecto Aldea Global, to repair and rebuild damaged water systems in rural and remote communities in western and central Honduras (Ocotepeque, Lempira, Santa Bárbara, and Comayagua) that were hit hard by Eta and Iota.
  • Un Techo para mi Pais Colombia is driving awareness about the impacts of the storms on the Colombian islands of San Andrés and Providencia (off the coast of Nicaragua). Each island was severely affected by the storms, with a vast majority of infrastructure on both islands sustaining damage. The organization continues to provide emergency food kits and housing support to communities on the islands.

In a region continuously affected by disasters, your support of GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Iota Relief Fund has helped us raise more than $187,000 for grassroots organizations. While GlobalGiving is now closing the Hurricane Iota Relief Fund, the need in the region remains high and we encourage you to consider supporting our partners’ ongoing projects related to the storms.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with GlobalGiving’s trusted nonprofit partners.

With gratitude,
Mikaela + the GlobalGiving Team

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Feb 23, 2021
You're fueling support after back-to-back storms

By Chase Williams | Program Officer

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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
EIN: 30-0108263

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