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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org