Hurricane Mitch Relief Efforts at MIT
As you probably know by now, much of Central America was seriously destroyed
by Hurricane Mitch. In Honduras alone, 10,000 people lost their lives,
12,000 are missing, 70% of the crops are just gone, along with 60% of the
potable water supply, and up to one million people lost their homes. The
death toll in Nicaragua was preliminary set on the order of 3,000, but
reports of more casualties come in every day. Thousands of people lost
their lives, their homes and their belongings to the numerous mud-slides
and floods. An entire town got buried in Nicaragua as the wall of a nearby
Needless to say, there are hundreds of thousands of people who need help,
our help now. Together, the Central
American Club, the Club
Latino and SEEDS for Latin America is organizing a drive. We strongly
urge you to please help us bring some hope and relief to all these families
in Central America. We are recollecting medical supplies, non-perishable
food and clothes. However, we recommend that your donation be in terms
of money, as it is getting increasingly harder to ship goods to Central
We are privileged to have a roof to shelter us and food to calm our
hunger. Let's not forget about our brothers and sisters in Central America
who in this very moment are struggling to survive. A little contribution
from each one of us will make a difference to those in need!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP!!!!
We managed to collect over 10 truckloads of food and clothes
Hurricane Mitch Drive
Collection of Food, clothes, and money in dorms and student center
MIT Stratton Student Center (1st floor)
84 Massachusetts Avenue
It will start on monday November 9 until friday November 20. It will
run everyday from 9am - 5pm. This is to accept donations from both MIT
and the Boston community.
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. or
Right now these are the dorms that have bins:
** Now there are change boxes in The Coop and Laverde's
450 Memorial Drive
550 Memorial Drive
500 Memorial Drive
3 Ames Street
143 Albany Street
471 Memorial Drive
70 Amherst Street
355 Massachussetts Ave.
Eastgate & Westgate
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF FUND (mail checks
Washington, DC 20013
c/o Honduras Relief Fund/Mitch
A fund has been set up by Bank Boston. Checks/money
orders can be sent to: (Contributions may also be made at any BankBoston
Center Plaza Boston, MA 02108
The Central Bank of Honduras has also set up a fund with CitiBank
in New York:
Name of Honduras/Mitch Emergency Fund
Account with CitiBank, N.A.=20
111 Wall St. NY, NY 10043
ABA No. 021000089
Swift Address: CITIUS33
You can also send checks to the St. Mark's Nicaragua Relief (this will
be tax deductible contributions since they are being funneled through st.
St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E.
Seattle WA, 98102
You can call the American Red Cross and donate money.
Call 1-800-HELP-NOW and follow the instructions. Make sure and specify
the INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE FUND.
You can call Oxfam America for money donations (1-800-776-9326), and call
482-1211 for item donations.
Heart to Heart International is assembling medicines and food to be arilifted.
Please call 1-888-97HEART and make a money donation. Heart to Heart can
leverage $40 for every dollar you donate.
Donation of Items
Small donations can add up to relieve the suffering of thousands of people.
Right now, canned food that doesn't need cooking, medicine and drinking
water are priorities.
Food & Water
Baby food, formula
Milk - powdered or canned
Corn Flour (Masa Harina)
antipyretics (to lower fever)
Pain relievers: aspirin, etc.
Cotton balls, pads
Disinfectants: alcohol, ointments
Skin treatments: antibacterial & anti-fungus
ointments, powders, lotions, creams
Disinfectants: alcohol, hydrogen peroxide
Remember that winter clothing is needed in very few areas
Clothing for adults & children
Protective gear such as heavy gloves, rubber boots,
face masks, goggles, etc.
Flashlights, lanterns with batteries
Tarps, tents, plastic sheeting
Cots & folding beds
Cooking utensils & dishes (metal or plastic)
Portable (gas) stoves, grills
Blankets, sheets, sleeping bags
Other Fund-Raiser Activities
Also if you have any ideas for fund-raising activities in which you and/or
your organization will like to participate, please contact me at email@example.com.
Clothing and food may also be dropped off at:
Alianza Hispana, 413 Dudley St., Roxbury
The Justice of the Peace, 3 Washington St, Dorchester
La Pupusa Guanaca, 378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain
Honduras Travel, 212 Broadway, Chelsea
La Chapincita Market, 424 Moody St, Waltham
There's also a good information clearinghouse at www.honduras.com/weather/information.html
Efforts to help victims of Hurricane Mitch at latin-america.com/html/LATINA/hurricane.htm
David Goldstein-Ramirez is trying to help organize things in the Boston
area. If you don't have email, he can get in touch with people who only
have email addresses and get their phone numbers.
Ignacio Ochoa (617/989-3030) is leading the Comité Emergencia Centroamericano
in Boston, who are organizing for Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and
To offer medical cooperation with the Hospitals, Maria Lopez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with other Student communities in other areas, Oscar Flores:
Organizing at Harvard: Anna Oliva at Anna_Oliva@harvard.edu