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Habitat for Humanity Paraguay supports families affected by tornado

Habitat for Humanity Paraguay mobilizes staff and channels funds towards emergency response efforts.

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (September 19, 2012) – Hundreds of Paraguayan families have suffered the effects of a tornado that swept through the country on the evening of September 18, primarily affecting the areas of Mariano Roque Alonso in the Central Department, and the Ñeembucú region in the south.

Various government and humanitarian organizations are mobilizing to attend to the nearly 2,500 affected households, according to SEN reports. Habitat for Humanity Paraguay is also working to provide support to the families of victims who were killed as a result of the disaster.

The Habitat for Humanity Paraguay national office, which has worked in the country since 1998, is joining forces with community leaders and municipal representatives in the affected zones to establish priorities and define collaborative actions.

According to the organization’s mission to serve families in emergency situations, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay invites people and organizations from within and outside the country who wish to help to donate via the Habitat Paraguay’s website at www.habitat.org.py.

The entirety of these donations will be channeled to the National Emergency Secretary (SEN) for the provision of emergency supplies or temporary or permanent shelter such as tarps, mattresses, tools, etc. SEN is the governmental institution that coordinates emergency response activities.

Habitat for Humanity Paraguay has a secure online donation system at www.habitat.org.py, and donations of US $10 minimum can be made using any major credit card.

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization that works in more than 90 countries around the world. One of its lines of action is to attend to the shelter needs of families affected by disasters.

For questions regarding the campaign, please contact Noelia Mendoza, Resource Development coordinator for Habitat for Humanity Paraguay, at nmendoza@habitat.org.py.

In addition, families attended by Habitat for Humanity Paraguay whose homes have been affected as a result of the tornado can contact the Construction Manager at (0981) 65255.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat for Humanity first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 150,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or join our blog.

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