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BREAKING: Direct Relief Makes $32 Million in Medical Inventories Available to Colombia and Peru amid Historic Flooding

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$200,000 Initial Cash Committed for Relief Effort, FedEx and Healthcare Companies Step Up as Emergency Unfolds

GOLETA, Calif., April 6, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Direct Relief today committed an initial $200,000 in cash and made available $32 million in medical resources for relief and recovery efforts in Colombia and Peru, where historic flooding and mudslides have claimed hundreds of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

Today’s commitment follows several emergency air shipments from Direct Relief of medical aid totaling $7.8 million and 38 tons (76,000 lbs.).

“People in Peru and Colombia are facing severe risks in the wake of devastating storms, and Direct Relief is extending support to our capable partner organizations providing frontline care in a still unfolding, complex emergency,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe.

Water sources often become compromised after serious flooding, which can lead to a host of health issues. Cholera and other diseases related to poor sanitation pose additional threats to public health. Neglected tropical diseases including trachoma, soil-transmitted pathogens, and various bacterial and parasitic infections also present risks to people in the area.

Bolstered by strong support from corporate partners that include AbbVie, Allergan, Actavis, Baxter, BD, Boehringer Ingelheim, Teva, Pfizer, and Unilever, Direct Relief is sending antibiotics, antivirals, rehydration supplies and hygiene kits. FedEx has provided emergency airlift support.

In Peru, Direct Relief is assisting four partner organizations providing emergency services and conducting medical missions in close coordination with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Patrulla Area Colombiana (PAC, a Colombian NGO of pilots and medics), Asociacion Paz Peru, Socios en Salud (Partners in Health), and Asociacion Vida Peru have received and distributed $3.9 million of essential medications and supplies totaling 17.5 tons to eight hard-hit regions: Lima, Huarmey, Piura, Pedregal Alto, Simbila, Tumbes, Casma, and Arequipa. Direct Relief also is funding the deployment of 20 medical personnel to Piura to provide medical care and deliver seven tons of medicine and medical supplies. Keep Reading

Knights of Columbus Helps New Orleans Rebound from Tornadoes

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Organization’s efforts part of longstanding commitment to disaster relief

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 1, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — The Knights of Columbus has taken a hands-on role in assisting those affected by the tornadoes that devastated a portion of New Orleans on Feb. 7.

The federal government has declared the region a disaster area.

The tornadoes follow last summer’s historic flooding in the Baton Rouge area. Knights actively assisted with that disaster as well.

The Knights of Columbus was founded on the principle of charity and has been serving those in need in Louisiana since 1902. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the Knights of Columbus launched its robust disaster response program, and we have assisted our neighbors in Louisiana — and worldwide — many times since.

The Knights put more than $10 million and countless man hours into the region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The aid the Knights are now providing is concentrated on feeding the thousands affected by the recent twisters, including at Resurrection of the Lord Church, located in one of the hardest hit areas in New Orleans East.

In addition to its charitable giving, the Knights of Columbus is known for its top-rated life insurance products, available only to K of C members. No insurer in North America is more highly rated.

The K of C was founded in 1882 by Venerable Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest, in New Haven, Connecticut. The organization was formed to provide charitable outreach and care for the financial well-being of Catholic families, focusing on the protection of widows and orphans, and on strengthening the faith of its members. It has grown to include more than 1.9 million members worldwide.

The Knights set a new all-time record for charitable donations in 2015 with more than $175 million in donations and more than 73.5 million hours of service valued at $1.7 billion.


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