Chevron contribution will help thousands in Guatemala
WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Urgently needed food, water and other basic necessities are on their way to survivors of the devastating Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announced. (www.PanAmericanRelief.org)
"Thanks to this generous contribution by Chevron, operating in the region under the Texaco brand, our neighbors who were severely affected in Guatemala will receive help," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's executive director. "Many people have lost everything and these supplies will help to alleviate their suffering."
The recipients are living in shelters after their homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the May 30 storm. The shelters, located in the province of El Progreso, house some 2,000 people. PADF is coordinating the distribution with Fundacion Castillo Cordova and the American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala.
"During this time of great need, Chevron is eager to provide immediate assistance following the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agatha," said Damon Echevarria, area sales manager for Retail/ Commercial & Industrial operations in Central America and Andean Area for Chevron Products Company. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the hundreds of families affected by this devastation and we are committed to helping these communities along their path to recovery."
Tropical Storm Agatha hit Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, causing over 180 deaths, at least 100 missing people and affecting 170,000. In Guatemala City, a 200 foot sinkhole swallowed a three-story clothing factory in a busy intersection.
"Chevron's generous donation is just the beginning," says Sanbrailo. "There is so much more that still needs to be done."
PADF, the natural disaster response arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), accepts donations from individuals and companies to help the survivors when a natural disaster strikes. Cash donations can be made on the safe and secure website, www.PanAmericanRelief.org.
PADF is an independent, non-profit organization that creates public-private partnerships to assist the least advantaged people in Latin America and the Caribbean. PADF creates economic opportunities, strengthens communities and prepares for and responds to natural disasters. PADF engages community-based groups, governments and the private sector in the process of implementing solutions for sustainable development. In the past year, more than 5.6 million people in 18 countries benefited from PADF and its programs. PADF is an affiliate of the Organization of American States. www.padf.org
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
SOURCE Pan American Development Foundation