The International Community Foundation Forges Binational Partnership to Assist Drought Victims in Chihuahua, Mexico

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Critical food supplies expected to be depleted within the first seven months in 2012

Tarahumara women from the Canyon del Cobre region of Chihuahua where more than 50,000 families are in immediate danger of losing their food source as a result of the devastating drought.

The International Community Foundation is joining FECHAC (Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense, A.C.) in raising binational support to assist drought victims in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The extensive drought that has affected several states in Mexico, has hit the state of Chihuahua especially hard, with those living in rural areas feeling the impact of the drought the most. It is causing difficulties for farmers and food shortages for many of the people throughout the state, causing an alarming increase in malnutrition in children.

Those most affected are the indigenous Tarahumara people living in 22 municipalities which are considered by the Mexican National Counsel for Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), as some of the most marginalized municipalities in Chihuahua and in Mexico. CONEVAL predicts these municipalities to be completely depleted of beans and corn by summer next year, which are important food staples for the Tarahumara community. The economic impact of the drought is estimated to reach between $36 million to $72 million.

In response to this humanitarian crisis, the International Community Foundation is joining forces with FECHAC by raising donations from concerned American donors to help provide access to potable water and promote food security in Chihuahua’s most affected areas. To help spur year-end support for affected communities in Chihuahua, FECHAC has committed to match funds up to the equivalent of $4.6 million. Donations by U.S. donors to this cause through the International Emergency Relief Fund at the International Community Foundation are entitled to tax-deductibility.

About the International Community Foundation:
The International Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1990 with a mission to inspire international charitable giving by U.S. donors, with an emphasis on Mexico and Latin America. For more information regarding the International Community Foundation visit: http://www.icfdn.org.

About the Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense, A.C.:
FECHAC (Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense, A.C.) is the leading community based foundation in the state of Chihuahua. It supports nonprofits and community based projects throughout the state of Chihuahua in the areas of education, health and community development. For more information regarding FECHAC visit: http://www.fechac.org.

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