Responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in Latin America, Kansas University faculty and students have joined forces to gather food, clothing and other essentials for victims.
The effort is being spearheaded by Megan Hope, KU graduate student and president of Latin American Solidarity, and Silvia Gonzalez, graduate student in anthropology from Honduras.
"We have several people going down to Honduras and other surrounding countries very soon," said Shana Hughes, KU senior and a member of Latin American Solidarity.
In the Kansas Union today, the group will be collecting donations -- financial or material -- to send to relief agencies or to transport to groups trying to get supplies to Honduras, Nicaragua and other parts of Latin America effected by the hurricane. Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread, also can be used as a drop-off point, Gonzalez said.
In addition, Latin American Solidarity planned to open an account on behalf of the victims.
In Honduras, where many of Gonzalez's family members live, roads and in some cases entire towns are underwater.
For more information contact Hope, (785) 864-3459, or Gonzalez, (785) 749-3675. Messages can also be left at the KU anthropology department, (785) 864-4103.