Colombia Disaster Relief Fund

Two weeks ago, on April 1st, giant mudslides swept the city of Mocoa after torrential rains poured down in the southwestern region of Colombia. Mocoa, the capital city of the department of Putumayo, has a population of approximately 70,000, of which at least 45,000 are estimated to have been affected by the floodwaters. The Colombian government has reported at least 314 fatalities, including 102 children. More than 100 individuals are still believed to be missing. A 30-day state of economic, social and ecological emergency has been declared to help speed up recovery efforts in the affected region. Many surviving families have been left homeless and are in dire need of water, food, and shelter.

In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. The Resource Foundation collaborates with local NGOs because they have a greater understanding of the social, cultural and economic situation, and thus can develop effective interventions. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop programs that provide effective long‐term assistance so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses, and restore their livelihoods.

How You Can Help

Donate to the relief efforts in Colombia by calling 212-675-6170. Donations to The Resource Foundation in support of disaster relief are tax deductible to the highest extent allowed by law.