The International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) has released a Disaster Assistance Partnership (DAP) Call to Action following discussions with colleagues from Puerto Rico at the AAFCS Convention in June. Hurricanes IRMA and MARIA last September devastated many parts of the Caribbean and much of Puerto Rico. These areas have few resources to devote to the recovery of Home Economics programs. The DAP and International Home Economics Services (IHES) Board agreed they needed to take action similar to what was done for the Caribbean Islands. Local, state, national and international colleagues and supporters will work together with Puerto Rican colleagues to coordinate the response.
The organization is in need of donations of teacher resources including textbooks and curriculum materials, as well as equipment and materials for culinary, foods and nutrition, clothing, child development, family resource manage, hospitality, and crafts courses, etc. Materials in both English and Spanish are useful. Additional money for shipping and purchase of some items needed but not donated will also be required.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Individually: Contribute items in good condition that would be useful and/or donate money for shipping and expenses.
As an RCS Affiliate, FCCLA or other organization: organize and plan for gathering materials, such as designating a coordinator for DAP, set time, method and location for gathering donations and boxing items for shipment.
Assist on Site in South Carolina: Need help with sorting, packing, labeling and shipping the donated items.
To see more information about this initiative, contact information for the DAP Coordinator and suggested items needed, please visit the IFHE website here.