[permaculture] Benefit for Hurricane Relief through IMAP (Mesoam. Permaculture Inst.)

Michael Burns burns at panix.com
Tue Oct 11 17:40:06 EDT 2005


CAYUTA SUN BENEFIT (OCT 15)
TO REDIRECT ALL DONATIONS
TO HURRICANE DAMAGE REBUILDING IN GUATEMALA
THROUGH THE MESOAMERICAN PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE (IMAP)

REBECCA CUTTER OF IMAP TO SPEAK
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 6 PM
AT CAYUTA SUN HOMESTEAD.

CONTACT:
MICHAEL BURNS 607-227-0316
http://www.cayuta.org

PLEASE FORWARD...

Friends and Colleagues,

For the last couple of weeks I've been reaching out and planning for a benefit
on behalf of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. The event promises to be
a relaxing, informative, and fun day and evening this upcoming Saturday (Oct
15). However, the benefit's purpose is changing a little and the funds are
going to be entirely recommitted to a new need.

This weekend I received a call from Rebecca Cutter, of the Mesoamerican
Permaculture Institute (IMAP) in Guatemala with news of the horrific and
deadly landslides in her larger community of Lake Atitlan. She will be flying
into Syracuse on Friday night and speaking at the Cayuta Sun benefit Saturday
at 6pm.

Below this message is the text of the letter she has just sent out seeking
funds for the relief and rebuilding effort. I began my permaculture education
with Rebecca, Rony Lec, and others who work with IMAP. I have some familiarity
with the ways that IMAP can help with the rebuilding of the affected
communities AND the funds that they will need to meet the challenge of using
permaculture design to protect people from this type of disaster. In light of
this, all the money raised this Saturday will be sent to IMAP for Hurricane
Stan relief and rebuilding efforts.

IMAP was planning to host an international (Latin American) permaculture
conference this November. It has been canceled and the organization is
changing its focus to work solely with the affected communities for the next
year. You can help their efforts by attending the benefit, or by sending your
donations directly to IMAP.

While a more urgent and immediate cause will motivate this event, it will
nonetheless continue as planned. Expect presentations and discussions on
permaculture and sustainable design, dance and yoga classes, cob-oven bread
baking, and variety of other outdoor activities beginning at 10 am and ending
before Rebecca Cutter's presentation at 6pm. Afterwards a campfire will be
sparked and stoked well into the night. While we are asking for a $20
donation, even a few dollars will help and will be greatly appreciated.

More information:
Hurricane Stan news
http://www.guatemaladaily.com/
http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2005/octubre/11/125291.html
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/10/10/guatemala.flooding.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20051010/ts_nm/weather_stan_xx_dc_2
http://www.rednova.com/news/general/267563/guatemala_abandons_search_for_victims/index.html?source=r_general
http://www.google.com/search?q=guatemala+landslides

IMAP links
http://www.permacultura.org/guatemala.html
http://www.panix.com/~burns/santiago/

Cayuta Sun Benefit:
http://www.panix.com/~burns/benefit.htm
http://www.cayuta.org

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
(and the Permaculture Design Certificate Course)
http://www.flpci.org

Find Cayuta Sun by driving about 10 miles west on route 79
from Ithaca. Take the sharpest left in Mecklenburg onto route 6.
Travel 7 miles south and turn right onto S. Swamp Rd.
Look for the green roof.
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text of letter:

October 08, 2005
San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Sponsors:

Surely by now you are aware of the devastating effects hurricane Stan has
caused the Central American region. The Western Highlands of Guatemala and the
Pacific Coast were struck by relentless rains for five days, resulting in
major landslides and the bursting of rivers, which swept away homes, roads,
bridges and crops, leaving many communities without access to communications,
basic supplies or medical attention.  In the Lake Atitlán region, department
of Sololá, all surrounding villages have been affected, specifically the two
largest towns, Santiago Atitlán and Panajachel, with an estimated one thousand
deaths and hundreds of people missing.

We respectfully request your immediate financial support in attending to the
urgent issues facing the community of Santiago Atitlán.

IMAP is an non-for-profit organization working with rural communities in the
preservation of biodiversity, the establishment of food security and
environmental education.  We are located on the southern shore of Lake
Atitlan, 10 kilometers from Santiago Atitlán.  Because of current conditions,
we have suspended our planned activities in order to concentrate on relief and
prevention efforts in coordination with the municipality of Santiago Atitlán
and other local and international non-governmental organizations.

Our concern is for the immediate needs of families who are without water,
food, sanitation, medical attention and housing.  Currently, an estimated one
thousand people are being housed in 10 provisional shelters where the sanitary
conditions pose a major health risk to the community.  In light of our human
resources and abilities, we have decided to concentrate our efforts in two
areas: 1) securing food for at least one shelter and 2) installing water tanks
and purifying equipment for at least three shelters.  To the extent possible,
we will also work on sanitation issues with respect to the same three
shelters, in terms of installing latrines.  Donations received by IMAP will go
directly towards these efforts.

HOW TO HELP
Please send tax deductible donations to our umbrella organization Permaculture
America Latina (PAL), indicating that the donation is for “IMAP Relief Work.”
Permacultura America Latina
723 Allendale Street
Santa Fe, NM  87505
505-989-1695 tel.
505-988-9702 fax

If you wish to send a wire, you have two options:
Use Wells Fargo’s FedWire routing transit number, 121000248 for domestic
wires or use Wells Fargo's Swift code: WFBIUS6S for international wires
Bank Name: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
City/State: San Francisco, CA (regardless of where your account is
located)
Routing transit number 121000248 or SWIFT address: WFBIUS6S
Account number: 769-0079853
Account title — Permacultura America Latina
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Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura
Ronaldo Lec (tel. 59096573)
Rebecca Cutter (tel. 5786-8033)
Oficina IMAP (tel. 59901368)

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