Latin America is comprised of the South American continent, Mexico, Central America and the islands of the Caribbean whose inhabitants speak a Romance language. For years the region, which is home to over 500 million people, has been plagued by drought, conflict, poverty, high unemployment, human rights violations, natural disasters and unstable governments.
One in five Latin Americans lives in chronic poverty. Latin Americans account for 130 million of the nearly 500 million who live in chronic poverty worldwide.
Approximately 20 percent of the population lacks access to healthcare. The region also has high rates of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
Seventy-seven million people lack access to safe water or live without a water source in their homes. Of the 77 million, 51 million live in rural areas, and 26 million live in urban areas. An estimated 256 million rely on latrines and septic tanks as an alternative to basic sanitation.
The Global Impact Latin America and the Caribbean Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on helping those in the region: Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), Project HOPE, Rise Against Hunger and SEE International.
Through this fund, you will join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide increased access to healthcare and education, job training, women’s and youth empowerment, economic development, and a host of other services to those in need throughout the region.
Your contributions go directly to supporting real and meaningful work to improve the lives of those living in Latin America and the Caribbean.