BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Walmart Foundation announced today a donation of $350,000 in disaster relief for people impacted by recent droughts in Guatemala, flooding in southern India and natural disasters in Southeast Asia.
"At Walmart, we are dedicated to providing support for communities around the world, especially when they need us the most," said Margaret McKenna, president, Walmart Foundation. "Given the scale and devastating impact of these occurrences, we want to do our part to help in these tough times."
Heavy rains and flooding in southern India have impacted more than 2 million people, resulting in approximately 300 deaths. The Walmart Foundation's $125,000 donation to CARE will assist in implementing immediate relief activities for approximately 25,000 flood survivors in the areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, said, "CARE is grateful to Walmart for its generous commitment to helping thousands of families impacted by the flash floods in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. With Walmart's support, CARE will provide both immediate and long-term relief to the most vulnerable groups affected, such as single mothers, children, disabled people, the elderly and those from socially excluded castes."
In Guatemala, a $100,000 donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will go toward purchasing and distributing therapeutic foods to fight acute malnutrition in the impacted areas. The donation will provide 95 tons of Vitacereal(TM), which provides essential micronutrients that are lacking in rural indigenous diets but play an important role in growth and protection against disease. The funds will support 31,000 beneficiaries to reduce chronic malnutrition in the most affected areas of the country
"The WFP thanks Walmart for this contribution to the Vitacereal program in Guatemala, which is in critical need of funding and
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