73% of the people we surveyed in our community needs assessment experienced severe damage or a total loss of their homes. That’s why it’s critical to raise funds for this project now so we can begin right away. -Allison Dake, Grassroots Global
Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur, Mexico (PRWEB) December 01, 2014
Cabo Hurricane Fund, a leading relief effort established after Hurricane Odile, today announced detailed plans to fund the rebuilding of homes in the most impacted communities around Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Cabo Hurricane Fund seeks to raise $500,000 by early 2015 in order to initiate reconstruction grants for a minimum of 100 families. Provivah Foundation, Conavi, and other key partners will lead the rebuilding work. The project will work directly with community-based organizations in the region to identify individuals and families eligible for support.
Hurricane Odile struck Los Cabos with a vengeance that few predicted or prepared for. The Category 4 storm delivered winds of 125 mph when it made landfall on September 14th, making it the most intense hurricane on record in the Baja Sur state. Veronica Hernandez, of Vista Hermosa, remembers the storm well. “That night we stayed with our neighbor because our house was not safe enough to stay in during the hurricane.” When she returned with her family in the early hours of September 15th, everything was gone.
While many Odile relief efforts are focusing on getting the tourism industry in Los Cabos restored, The Cabo Hurricane Fund is reaching out to more vulnerable communities beyond the hotel strip. Carla Houston, Earth Angels co-founder and Cabo San Lucas native, sees this as a key strength of the project. “The Cabo Hurricane Fund is a trusted program run by honorable people working as a group to restore the most impacted areas of Cabo. They are an example of what teamwork at its best really is.”
The Cabo Hurricane Fund is directed by an advisory committee made up of Mexican and U.S. leadership, and managed by the U.S.-based nonprofit, Grassroots Global Development Foundation. Allison Dake, Executive Director of Grassroots Global, shared about the importance of listening to the community before making plans. “73% of the people we surveyed in our community needs assessment experienced severe damage or a total loss of their homes. That’s why it’s critical to raise funds for this project now so we can begin rebuilding right away.”
The Cabo Hurricane Fund has been a leader in humanitarian relief efforts since Hurricane Odile hit. Project leaders have now set a target of $500,000 to facilitate the rebuilding of homes in impoverished communities around Los Cabos. To donate now to the Cabo Hurricane Fund, visit donate.grassrootsglobal.org/cabofund. As part of #GivingTuesday on December 2nd, all online donation processing fees will be waived. Learn more about the project’s progress at cabohurricanefund.com