B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International is tapping its Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano that decimated the village of El Rodeo. A mix of lava, volcanic gas, rock and ash sped down the mountain more than a week ago at hundreds of miles an hour, trapping residents in cars at they tried to flee and in homes as they sought shelter.
To date, the June 3 eruption has killed at least 110 people and some 200 are missing. Recovery operations are continuing.
The B’nai B’rith Disaster and Emergency Relief Fund is committed to supporting the efforts of IsraAID. This donation will fund an emergency response team on the ground that is bringing its expertise in emergency assistance and providing a comprehensive needs-assessment of the impact on the population. B’nai B’rith is proud to be one of the founders of IsraAID. B’nai B’rith has also been in touch with the local Jewish community to find out more about its involvement assisting those in need.
We need your financial support to ensure that funds are available for this disaster response.
B’nai B’rith has a tradition of helping communities in distress, which began in 1865 in pre-state Israel when we raised funds to aid victims of a cholera outbreak. Since then, B’nai B’rith has helped countless people across the globe who have faced adversity after natural and man-made disasters.
Donate here to our Disaster Relief Fund: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/bbi-disaster-relief
Donors can also call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone. Or can send a check payable to the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B’nai B’rith International
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300N
Washington, D.C. 20036