You Can Help


A call for assistance is originating from international, national, and local agencies. To date, known organizations receiving funds to provide assistance to the Maya are listed below. Choose one or more groups below to make a donation.


The Maya Leaders Alliance - A Mayan Run Organization
The main Maya organizations of the Toledo District - the Toledo Maya Cultural Council, the Q´eqchi´ (K'ekchi') Council of Belize, the Toledo Alcaldes' Association, and the Toledo Maya Women's Council have all been collaborating for some time on issues of common interest to the Maya villages of Toledo.

They are using their 20 plus years experience in the voluntary sector to coordinate and maintain the current effort to alleviate the suffering faced by the Maya of Southern Belize. They are setting up a command center in their joint office in Punta Gorda town, from which to coordinate the relief effort through the Maya leaders of each community affected - the village Alcaldes and Chairmen.


Send Donations to:

The Maya Leaders' Hurricane
Iris Disaster Relief Effort

Jose Maria Nunez Street,
cor. Queen Street
Punta Gorda Town
Belize, Central America

Phone Numbers in Punta Gorda

Toledo Maya Cultural Council
(001) (501) - 7 - 22728/22774
Contact person: Valentino Shal, Chairman

Q´eqchi´ Council of Belize
(001) (501) - 7 - 22011
Contact person: Gregory Ch´oc, Chairman


100% of donation goes toward relief effort
You just need an international stamp!

You can also donate to the Maya Leaders through the US based Indian Law Resource Center


Read Maya Leaders Press Release
E-mail Toledo Maya Cultural Council
E-mail Q´eqchi´ Council of Belize
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Indian Law Resource Center
The Indian Law Resource Center is dedicated to helping its friends, the Maya, through this very difficult time. Since 1992, the ILRC has been involved with the Maya Leaders, assisting them in securing land rights and addressing other quality of life issues. Deborah Schaff, ILRC staff attorney, was working in the Toledo District with the Maya when Hurricane Iris devastated the area.


You can make a US tax deductible donation to the Maya Leaders Alliance through the Indian Law Resource Center.

Send Donations to:

Indian Law Resource Center
602 N. Ewing St.
Helena, MT 59601
USA

Specify: Toledo Maya Disaster Relief Fund

Phone
(406) 449-2006

100% of donation goes toward the Maya Leaders Alliance relief effort





Toledo Ecotourism Association - A Mayan Run Organization
The Toledo Ecotourism Association (TEA) is a group of Mayan and Garifuna villages located in the rainforest and other endangered eco-systems in the southern part of Belize.
The mission of the T.E.A. is to create jobs in the villages, keep tourism to a manageable level, and educate visitors about the beauty and value of the indigenous cultures and the environment that the native people inhabit.

The TEA is assisted by Plenty Belize. Sending a check to Plenty International in the US with a note on the check "for the TEA" will guarantee that the money is given to this indigenous organization

Send Donations to:
Plenty Interna
tional - Hurricane Relief
PO Box 394
Summertown, TN 38483

Make a Donation Online!
Indicate on check or online
TEA Relief Fund

Toledo District Office:
P.O. Box 157
Punta Gorda Town, Belize
Central America

(011) (501) 7 22 198

100% of donation goes toward relief effort
Tax Deductable Donation


Read about the hurricane relief activities of the TEA
Learn more about the TEA
E-mail TEA

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Plenty Belize and Plenty International

Plenty International is a nonprofit organization that has worked for 10 years in the Toledo District. Their dedicated service includes health and agriculture projects. Plenty Belize is working with local and international agencies, volunteers and friends in the Toledo District to help meet the most pressing needs that have developed as a result of Hurricane Iris.


Plenty Belize offering safe drinking water to villagers.
Send Donations to:
Plenty Interna
tional - Hurricane Relief
PO Box 394
Summertown, TN 38483

Make a Donation Online!

Indicate on check or online
Hurricane Relief

US Phone
(931)964-4323
Toledo District Office:
(011) (501) 7 22 198

Contact Country Coordinator:
Melanie Reimer
Plenty Belize
PO Box 72
Punta Gorda, Toledo District
Belize

100% of donation goes toward relief effort


Read about the hurricane relief activities of Plenty Belize
Learn more about Plenty Belize
E-mail Plenty Belize

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Missionary Fund for the Living Word Church
Drs. Kerfoot and Marietta Walker have provided medical care for the Toledo Maya for over two decades. They indicate that the need for supplies, such as food, clothing, and cooking utensils are needed. However, the mission to which they are aligned is associated with a bank that will wire funds electronically to the Toledo District the day after it is received so that the supplies can be purchased in Belize.

Send Donations to:

Missionary Fund for the Living Word Church
First National Bank
Athens, Texas 75751

Specify Account Number
306-122-1

100% of donation goes toward relief effort
Wired the next day to the Toledo District!


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International Federation of Red Cross

An International Response Team to assist the Belize Red Cross is currently working in the Toledo District setting up relief operations. The Federation has launched a preliminary appeal for funds to support a Belize Red Cross relief operation for 4,800 people in the worst-affected villages of Toledo District.

Make a Donation Online:
When prompted to indicate where you would like your contribution to go:
Select Other and Specify donation to Belize-Hurricane Iris Relief


Read about the Federation's relief activities and their application for Relief Funds

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If you are still unsure of your desire to contribute,
read the letter that a young Maya woman from the Toledo District
wrote to her fellow classmates and professors.

Monica Coc is a senior at a US university.
Few Toledo Maya women graduate high school, let alone receive a
scholarship to attend college outside Belize.

Her compelling words, as she tries to make a positive impact so far away
from the people she loves will stir you -
and compel you to act as the world citizen that you are.

Read Monica Coc's letter requesting assistance for the Maya

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