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figure 2The emergency or short-term phase of the relief consisted of  rescue helicopters and emergency response teams trying to save civilians.


 figure 3Providing clean water, food, clothing and other supplies.

figure 4 And bringing doctors and medicines in to stop the spread of infectious diseases.

Immediately, people from many countries came to the rescue of Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Help came from many different directions, from governments, corporations, non-profit organizations, and even individuals.

Governmental assistance:

During the emergency stage, many governments of the world responded by coming together to help the people of Central America.

For example
The Clinton Administration donated 263 mil. in emergency relief.
US AID airlifted 3.7 mil lbs. of food to Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
Cuba has sent 100 doctors and tons of supplies to areas in Honduras.


The Boeing Company gave $142,500 to countries in Central America. Also they are helping airlift 30,000 ponds of medicines to Honduras.

British Development Cooperation with various national NGO’s has been helping in sanitation, communication, and rehabilitation of most affected communities.

Chiquita had donated over US $2 Million in food, medicine and transportation costs. Chiquita has also airlifted rescue boats and emergency medical supplies to Honduras. We are working with relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, churches and others, to enable them to ship their emergency supplies into Honduras free of charge.

Non-profit organizations:

CARE figure 5 Unicef figure 6  figure 7
CARE has played a     leading role in the coordination of food distributions. UNICEF (United Nations Children’s     Fund) has provided
clean water for 63, 000 people,
food for 3000
essential medicines for 2000
and blankets to 5000 victims.
World Neighbors is contributing funds to pay for fuel, medicine, water purification chemicals, and other emergency food and supplies.

Individual citizens:

individuals have run into the most trouble sending their support. The main reason is that there is not enough money to get supplies gathered in the united states or other countries to the places that need these things most.

"There is a pile up of goods in cities all around the US. People donated these after seeing pictures of hurricane Mitch, as it was portrayed in the news. There are tons of clothing water and food, but there is no way to get the supplies to the people in need. The government is considering a military consort. From now on it would be most helpful to send money to organizations, which can then purchase supplies in a more convenient area."

CNN report, televised 11/26/98

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