DemocracyNow carried a segment on the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Stan in Guatemala
. Briefly, the indigenous areas were hit very hard, the government is failing to deliver aid, and the Indian population is refusing entry to soldiers because of long memories of the genocidal attacks.
Delivering aid in indigenous areas is difficult. The Red Cross is likely to show up, give everyone a pair of socks, a bowl of soup, and a toothbrush, and take off.
The Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation, established by that Nobel Prize winneris offering to deliver aid
. This could be the most effective way to do it. They know the communities, who is honest and who is not, who works and who loafs.
The following is what is require to do a wire transfer (cost probably $5).
BENEFICIARY BANK: BANK OF AMERICA
100 S.E. 2nd STREET 13th FLOOR
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33131-2100 USA
FED WIRE, ABA: 026009593
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1901910160
ACCOUNT NAME: WESTRUST BANK
10a. AVENIDA 12-60 ZONA 14
GUATEMALA, C.A. 01014
TEL. (502) 363-2079
FAX. (502) 363-2089
FOR FURTHER CREDIT TO:
SUB-ACCOUNT # 138601853-06
SUB-ACCOUNT NAME: FUNDACION RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM
AVENIDA SIMEON CAÑAS 4-04 ZONA 2
TEL. (502) 2230-2431
FAX. (502) 2232-2192