JAMAICA DIASPORA ORGANIZES DISASTER RELIEF FOR DIASPORANS IN HOUSTON
New York – September 4, 2017 – Over the past week, across the USA, the country has been watching and listening to the news about Hurricane Harvey. According to news reports more than 50 inches of rain fell on Houston to date and more may be expected. Over 35,000 persons are in shelters. The biggest rainstorm in the history of the United States has caused “unprecedented and catastrophic” flooding in the now devastated city of Houston in southern Texas. Among the residents are Jamaicans and many persons of Caribbean descent. Houston and other parts of Texas will clearly need help long after the rain stops and the waters subside.
The Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Members in the USA are unified in assisting in facilitating the efforts of Jamaican Diaspora community leaders and organizations in providing relief to persons affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are asking for support from all Diasporans and concerned citizens. It has been advised that cash donations work best at this time.
There are ongoing efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to keep apprised of the impact on Jamaican nationals through the Embassy, Missions, and Honorary Consuls, Diaspora Advisory Board Members and key Jamaican community leaders and organizations. In the most recent update to their website, mfaft.gov.jm, the following helpful contact information was shared:
- Elderly and Disabled: 211
- City of Houston Help Line: 311
- City of Houston Office of Emergency Management: 713-884-4500
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-621-3362
- Coast Guard : 281-464-4851 to 55
Contact can also be made with the Jamaican Consulate General in Miami at 305-374-8431; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by twitter @cg_miami.
The Advisory Board members have been in contact and conversation with the Honorary Consul in Houston, Kfalfani Fullerton, the Jamaica Foundation of Houston (JFH) (501(c) 3) non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the cultural ties between Caribbean people and the Houston community. Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica are asked to donate online to the JFH, the receiving Jamaica Diaspora entity, using this link - www.jamaicafoundationofhouston.org. Donations may also be directed to:
The Jamaica Foundation of Houston
PO Box 710824
Houston, Texas 77042
Donations will go to helping Jamaicans and Caribbeans affected by Hurricane Harvey for Disaster Relief as well as individuals within the reach of support.
For more information, please contact Beverly Ford at 831-721-2228 or JamaicaFoundationHouston@gmail.com. You may also contact the Advisory Board Members listed above.
Rupert Francis/West-Midwest USA (email@example.com)
Wayne Golding, Esq./Southeast USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Akelia Lawrence Maitland/Northeast USA (email@example.com )