Efforts mobilized through Plenty from September 3rd through the end of 2008 include:
- Multiple runs of volunteers and supplies were sent from our home base in Tennessee to assist hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi in numerous ways: building repair, supply distribution, medical care, mold abatement, needs assessment, and more
- Additional supply and volunteer runs were mobilized from Tennessee, Texas, and Florida
- Volunteers have supported efforts to mobilize crews and supplies. Volunteers have come from as far as New York, California, and Oregon.
- Over $27,500 in supplies have been purchased and distributed due to individual donations and community fundraisers. These include food, water, medical supplies, blankets, heaters, clothing, batteries, cleaning and other supplies.
- Over $40,000 in donated supplies have been distributed to hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi, including 8 dome shelters for housing donated by Pacific Domes in Oregon.
- A $25,000 grant from Veterans for Peace for construction materials and training for local residents in home repair is being utilized by local partners in New Orleans and at the United Houma Nation, Louisiana.
Hurricane Stan: (October 2005) Guatemala
Torrential rains caused deadly mudslides around Lake Atitlan in the department of Solola, which killed at least 600 people and displaced thousands in these traditional Mayan communities. Plenty provided $500 for emergency food relief and has raised an additional $8200 grant from Onaway Trust for longer term food relief, which will be needed through the next planting season at least. Food relief will be coordinated through Plenty's CAFSI program partner ADIBE and their soy foods processing facility, which is located near the affected area. We will keep you posted as to the results of these efforts. Read more
Tsunami: (December 2005) India and Sri Lanka
In 2005, $8,447 was raised and channeled for the India Tsunami Project. $2,870 was utilized for playgrounds for children in two villages (Chinoor and Velangiriyan Pettai). The remaining $5,577 in funds channeled through Plenty, along with additional funds provided by a few other donors, a project is now ongoing to provide pre- and post-natal medical care, nutritional food and vitamin supplements, vaccinations, psychological counseling, and special needs assistance to 276 pregnant women and 391 nursing mothers living in 25 villages that were devastated by the tsunami. Read more
Hurricane Iris: (October 2001) Belize
This was category 5 hurricane swept through southern Belize in October 2001, destroying homes, crops, and rainforest. Plenty Belize staff and volunteers set up emergency outdoor kitchens in 5 villages, where residents and Plenty crew produced and distributed over 1000 lbs. of high protein dry cereal and drink mixes and coordinated other aid delivery in the area. Funds raised also purchased tools and seeds to enable 275 farming families to begin replanting. Plenty responded to a funding request by the Toledo Cacao Growers&Mac182; Association and assisted them in setting up 4 village tree nurseries with drip irrigation by solar water pumps. About $17,000 was raised for these efforts from individuals and small grants. Read more
Hurricane Mitch: (November 1999) Nicaragua
Plenty raised $5,726 through individuals and two small grants for Hurricane Mitch relief. Plenty built 2 houses and repaired three others, installed two neighborhood water wells, and supported a local woman's group MUPROVI (Women Producing for Life) in the town of San Juan de Limay, by donating food and supplies for their temporary Olla Comunal (community kitchen). The community kitchen served approx. 80 kids one meal a day 5 or 6 days a week for several months. Two Plenty representatives drove a load of medical supplies and house wares from Texas to Nicaragua, and donated their four wheel drive Toyota truck to help move supplies to families who lost homes and more in that hurricane. They also worked with MUPROVI to replant trees and re-establish vegetable gardens in the year following Mitch.
Guatemalan earthquake: (February 1976)
Two years after Plenty's founding, we began our international work by responding to a massive earthquake that struck the Guatemalan highlands, killing over 23,000 people. Early relief efforts involved volunteer carpenter crews from The Farm Community who began rebuilding the town of San Andreas Itzapa, and outlying rural communities. Deep underlying conditions of poverty and racism were revealed through this initial contact, and Plenty sent more Farm-based volunteers with health care, farming, communication and related skills to assist in longer-term development. Initial relief efforts evolved into a multi-year program involving hundreds of volunteers, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). 1200 homes, 12 schools and several clinics were rebuilt, a radio station established, agriculture and nutrition projects, health care training, and a free clinic went into operation, and orphaned and malnourished children were cared for by Plenty volunteers. Read more
Tornados in southern US: (1975-76)
In Plenty's earliest years we responded to local disasters by collecting and sending several truckloads of food, blankets, and clothing from Plenty headquarters at The Farm Community in middle Tennessee to tornado and flood victims in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.
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YOUR COMPASSIONATE EFFORTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD