PADF and VIVA Partner for Disaster Relief Efforts in Bolivia

PADF and VIVA Partner for Disaster Relief Efforts in Bolivia

VIVA responds immediately with $35,000 contribution and volunteer support


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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–February 21, 2008)–In a ceremony this morning, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) recognized VIVA – provider of telecommunication services in Bolivia – for their $35,000 contribution towards disaster relief in Bolivia. At the ceremony, Mr. José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General, Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General, Mr. John Sanbrailo, PADF Executive Director, Ms. Gwynne Beatty, VIVA’s Director of Social Investment, and Ambassador Reynaldo Cuadros, Representative to the OAS for Bolivia were joined by PADF and OAS team members.

Since last November, Bolivia has endured the storms, heavy rains, swelling rivers, and devastating floods of “La Niña.” According to a report from the country’s Vice-Ministry of Civil Defense and Cooperative for Integral Development, as of this week five out of the country’s nine regional departments are under red alert. More than 41,500 families have been affected, 100 homes destroyed, 450 homes damaged, and 59,500 acres of productive land impacted. Officials report 48 deaths and five missing persons; and cases of yellow fever and other diseases are widespread. Flooding is expected to continue through April.

Ms. Beatty stated, “VIVA feels drawn to help with relief efforts during the devastating floods in Bolivia, where we have provided communication service for many years. We are proud to partner with PADF to facilitate immediate and effective response, and to offer this contribution and local volunteer support to make a difference in the lives of those affected.” Mr. Sanbrailo added, “PADF expresses its solidarity with the people of Bolivia during this difficult time, and will continue to support the country by mobilizing emergency relief resources from corporate donors such as VIVA.”

VIVA’s contribution will facilitate in-country purchases of emergency relief supplies such as water, food, hygiene kits, and sanitation necessities in and around Trinidad (El Beni department), and El Puente and Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz department) – red alert areas where PADF’s current program staff can assist in relief and recovery.

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1962 through a unique partnership between the Organization of American States and private enterprise to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean through innovative partnerships and integrated involvement of the private and public sectors. As the oldest and largest non-profit affiliated with the OAS, PADF serves as its disaster relief arm in response to earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and other tragic events.

Nuavatel PCS de Bolivia (VIVA). Launched in Bolivia in 1999 and operating under the brand name VIVA, Nuavatel PCS de Bolivia (VIVA) is a telecommunications company facilitating access to communications in both urban and rural areas of Bolivia, providing cellular pre-paid and post-paid, long distance and public telephony services. The first company to offer GSM technology in the country, VIVA is the second largest telecom operator in the country. For more information, go to http://www.vivagsm.com.

PADF and VIVA Partner for Disaster Relief Efforts in Bolivia