Steelworkers' Humanity Fund contributes $10,000 toward relief for tropical storms in Guatemala

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - "The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $10,000 toward emergency aid for communities affected by Tropical Depression 12-E in Guatemala", said Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in Guatemala 524,480 people have been affected, of those 78,030 have lost their homes.

"One of the Steelworker Humanity Fund partners working with peasant farmers in Guatemala - ASDENA -has asked if we would be able to provide emergency food aid for 300 families," noted Neumann, "and since we are confident that ASDENA has the capacity to effectively deliver this aid, we are pleased to be able to respond positively to their request."

"Storms, hurricanes, floods, and cyclones appear to be increasingly frequent in Central America, and each time poor families in rural areas are devastated.  This reoccurring pattern underscores the need for on-going development which raises living standards and creates greater resilience," added Neumann.

Including this recent contribution, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund has contributed $190,000 for emergency relief in 2011 in Canada and globally.

Founded in1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization which focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing countries, but is also able to support Canadian communities in crisis. Steelworker members contribute to the Fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases matching contributions come from employers. More information can be found at www.usw.ca.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-487-1571
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications,  416-544-5966, bgallagher@usw.ca


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