Hurricane Eta relief in Central America. A few worthy fundraising efforts to donate to:
Hurricane Eta could not have hit Central America at a worse time. The region in the midst of economic catastrophe, with record-breaking unemployment due to the current pandemic. And not only that, the ongoing election in the United States is sucking away any tiny bit of oxygen out of this story.
The US and global news cycles are obsessed with the election, leaving no-one talking about Eta.
As the storm leaves Central America and head north towards Cuba and possibly Florida, Eta will find itself on the news again. But no-one will care about the devastation in Central America.
Here, we ask you to care. We ask you to help if you can, even though we know times are hard right now.
But if you can help, please find below some worth organizations raising money for the Central American victims of Eta.
Hurricane Eta may have downgraded to a tropical depression as it leaves Central America, but that doesn’t diminish the damage caused across the region.https://t.co/UGsnw2ZaNl
— CentralAmericaLiving (@VidaAmerica) November 6, 2020
Operación Frijol is “a group of Honduran non-profit organizations that have come together to help our country in this moment of emergency.”
They are collecting donations to help provide food / non-perishables, bottled water, clothing / blankets, flashlights / lamps, personal protective equipment (masks), and personal hygiene products.
¡Thank you Roberto! Cada mensaje cuenta y cada persona es la diferencia.? https://t.co/FZcQTibug1
— Operación Frijol (@OperacionFrijol) November 6, 2020
In Guatemala, which has seen the bulk of Eta fatalities, efforts are in place to raise funds for indigenous communities.
Giovanni B’atz’ is an anthropologist and writer specializing in Native American studies at the University of California. He has Mayan Kʼicheʼ heritage through his Guatemalan parents and writes for Plaza Publica.
fundraiser to help Ixil Maya in Cotzal who are being hit by Hurricane Eta. Please contribute and share! Anything helps! https://t.co/D0Pxx1G3GQ
— Gio B’atz’ (@academic_punk) November 5, 2020
The first country in Central America hit by Eta was Nicaragua.
The storm hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast as a category 4 hurricane, destroying communities. This part of Nicaragua is largely indigenous and poor. The Miskito community of WaWa Bar was all but destroyed by Eta and needs help.
This GoFundMe goes some way to providing the assistance WaWa Bar so desperately needs.
¿Pueden ayudar compartiendo o donando? #etaNicaragua
(@ffloriferous) November 5, 2020
Although Costa Rica avoided the direct impact of Eta, the storm still left a massive mark.
Widespread flooding has destroyed homes and livelihoods all over Costa Rica, but particularly on the Central and Southern Pacific coasts. This at an already near-impossible time for many people.
A Reel Difference is an organization set up by Justin DeBoom, one of our contributors. Initially the idea was to help those left jobless by the pandemic, but now they’ve expanded to include victims of Eta.
They’re collecting food and supplies and could certainly use a hand with donations. You can contact them directly through the donate page on their website.
The above represent a few of the organizations and people trying to help Central America in the aftermath of Eta. There are many more out there for those who wish to look.
That said, getting publicity to this cause is difficult in the current news cycle. So we hope we can help in this aspect, at least.
Any assistance you can provide to people in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the other countries would be gratefully appreciated.
James Dyde is the editor of www.centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.