Hurricane Sandy: An Urgent Request for Support
Our hearts go out to everyone struggling with the devastating outcome of Hurricane Sandy. Some lost loved ones, others suffered property damage, and many of us still struggle to return to our routines.
Due to the storm, our office in Lower Manhattan sustained serious damage, temporarily displacing our Regional Office staff and operations. While we cope with the aftermath of the hurricane, our dedicated staff is working remotely to ensure we can continue to provide quality sexual and reproductive health care to the millions we serve—especially those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean.
Rural and poor communities endure the worst effects of climate change and also have the greatest unmet need for reproductive health information and services. Low-lying, poor communities in Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic were particularly hard-hit by the storm, exacerbating existing health and economic challenges.
That’s why our local Member Associations, like Profamilia in the Dominican Republic, operate mobile health units to bring basic services to vulnerable communities. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, our partners travel by boat and over impassable roads to ensure every individual has access to the information and services they need, want, and deserve.
Last year, nearly 70% of the people who accessed our services were poor, young, or underserved. In a region characterized by extreme inequalities, we need your support to reach even more, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Thank you for your on-going support and your conviction that, together, we can make a difference.
P.S. If you have made a gift in the last three weeks and have not yet received a thank you letter, we apologize. We are working to establish ourselves in a temporary office and hope to have our systems back up and running very soon. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact our Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you for your patience and continued support!
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