My name is Bianca and I am a white Latinx living and working in Vancouver, BC. My family is from Honduras/resides in Honduras. The campaign photo is of my aunt being rescued from her flooded home in La Lima, Honduras.
The current humanitarian crisis in Honduras as result of global climate change demands our attention. On November 4th category 4 Hurricane Eta hit Honduras. The region was then devasted by a category 5 Hurricane Iota - which had reportedly weakened to a catastrophic tropic storm as it reached Honduras however the impact was parallel. Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota both hitting the region in a matter of weeks has left areas of the country in an extreme state of emergency resulting in leaders of the country pleading for international help.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Honduras have been forced to leave their homes as a result of flooding and landslides. It is reported that upwards of 2.9 million people have been effected by the hurricanes. Communities destroyed with families stranded on rooftops awaiting boat rescue. Scarce access to food, water and PPE. Shelters are overflowing and people are seeking refuge outdoors where they can under highway overpasses or bridges.
Watching these events from my home in Canada has been devastating and I'd like to do what I can with the privilege that I hold to help those in Honduras who are struggling and to those who have lost everything - a chance to rebuild.
100% of all funds raised through this GoFundMe campaign will be donated to grass roots and community based organizations such as Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH), small farmer groups with a national and regional presence like the National Farm Workers’s Federation (CNTC), coffee cooperatives, regional popular organizations like the Coordinator of Popular Organizations of the Aguan (COPA), support for youth groups like Paso a Paso, and the Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia (MADJ), amongst others. Donations will also be sent to women’s groups in the El Progreso region that have formed a large community kitchen and food bank for shelters and children’s orphanages. Funds are going to boat rescue and evacuation teams that go into the water to rescue people from their rooftops or take their trucks in to help people evacuate their houses. Other teams are taking supplies to affected families in the La Lima, Baracoa, and La Planeta areas where some families couldn’t or didn’t want to leave their livelihoods, their homes, or their rooftops.
Starting November 25th a raffle on Instagram will also be running alongside this GoFundMe at @_skymarket to encourage donations.
Thank you for your time, your attention and your donation.
*3 images above have been found from online news sources.
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