In the First National Survey on Discrimination in Mexico, conducted by INEGI, 30% of those surveyed believed that “the only thing the indigenous population has to do to get out of poverty, is not to behave like indigenous people.” This opinion is a very harsh reflection of the discrimination that this group of the population experiences on a daily basis, and that promotes the lack of opportunities for them to access fundamental rights as education, health and employment. For this reason CADENA, in conjunction with CDHCM, Huerto Roma Verde and Corazón Capital, started the CADENA Community project, in which we will seek to channel support to the Otomi Community of the Colonia Roma. We are just starting with this project, and a few days ago our CADENA volunteers delivered pantries to Otomi families; but in addition to bringing food, we will also be working to provide solutions to their community.
Claudia Herrera Melgar, Executive Secretary of CEPREDENAC (Coordination Center for the Prevention of Disasters in Central America and the Dominican Republic) visited the offices of CADENA Mexico in order to continue strengthening ties to promote the integrative management of GIRD risk, resilience, prevention and timely responses to crises and disasters in Central America. At the meeting, our General Secretary, Benjamin Laniado, presented the CADENA work team, following up on the Collaboration Agreement signed in February between the CADENA Foundation / CADENA International and CEPREDENAC. From this meeting, CEPREDENAC and CADENA established joint actions that will allow us to help and make a difference.
We are very proud of the great honor of lighting one of the commemorative torches on the 73rd Anniversary of Israel’s Independence. We lit this torch on behalf of all the volunteers who dedicate their lives to repair the world, and who seek that each person can achieve their happiness. These are the emotional words of Gabriela Sztrigler, a CADENA volunteer who has participated in important missions around the world, highlighting the Humanitarian Intervention in Honduras to help those affected by Hurricanes IOTA and ETA. And the words of deep gratitude and pride from our General Secretary, Benjamin Laniado, who always dreamed of seeing CADENA lighting one of the torches.
April 22 is the International Day of Mother Earth, established by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and recognized by many countries around the world as a day of appreciation and reflection on our beloved planet. Every year, millions of people gather for this celebration, either with the intention of thanking the Earth, or to raise awareness of the climatic challenges we are rapidly approaching.
Throughout their history, men have found sustenance on Earth. When migration was necessary, the lakes froze and made it possible to cross from one continent to another. When men needed to eat, the land was fertile and supplied them with harvest. When water was needed, rain came to satiate humanity. Even in times of illness, the Earth offered natural remedies to cure us. Men have always been able to count on the planet to survive. However, it has been easy to fall into the mistake of taking advantage of the kindness with which this home has opened its hands.
Today our planet is in danger, and it is crying out for us to do for it what it has done for us for thousands of years. It is extremely important that we pay attention to what the Earth is trying to communicate to us, and that we are willing to change our habits for others that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. In this give and take, and within the framework of Earth Day, we invite you all to incorporate environmental attitudes that contribute to making a difference into your daily lives. Change is possible and it lives within each one of us. Because every day must be Earth Day!
By Miriam Salame Chacra.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; his wife, Sara Netanyahu and members of the Knesset welcomed Gabriela Strigler, the CADENA volunteer who will light the torch at the Commemoration Ceremony of the 73 Years of the State of Israel. We are very proud of our volunteer and the CADENA community, representants of our message of humanitarian action and Tikún Olam. If you want to hear Gabriela’s words addressed to the Prime Minister of Israel, click here: https://fb.watch/4Qs_RA8BOK/
We are very pleased to inform you that Cadena Foundation / Cadena International signed a collaboration agreement with CEPREDENAC, Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic. This agreement aims to facilitate and explore cooperation in Central America. We are sure that together we will be able to reach further and reach more people in need.
Volunteer groups in three different countries -Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico– delivered help to families affected by the Hurricane ETA.
The storm had disastrous consequences on its path through Central America, causing flooding and mudslides in the region. According to the BBC, many people have yet to be found, and entire communities have lost all communication to the outside world due to higway collapse of highways.
Our GoTeam has been working in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where the population has been severely affected by strong rain and flooding. on Tuesday, November 11, the team flew over the Soluschiapa river, looking for a 12 year old that had been dragged by the current. Another rescue team delivered 9 tons on help on November 9th, benefitting 4500 people.
The GoTeam was also present in Costa Rica delivering solar lamps, pantries and hygiene kits.
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CADENA’s Secretary-General, Benjamin Laniado, participated in the “Community of Faith and Peacebuilding” conference organized by Mexico’s Ministry of Governance, along with their General Direction of Religious Affairs. Check out the video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=940223816467572&extid=QqbzcQnhj29RqHdq
Strategic meeting to establish CADENA’s 5-year goals. Participants: Benjamín Laniado, Fernando Mitrani and Issac Levy, CADENA cofounders and board members; Ricardo Aizenman, Roy Hausmann and Yosef Shwedel, CADENA International Council members. “Ever since CADENA was established, we have broken the wall of indifference with regards to humanitarian crisis. Our goal is and will always be to leave no one behind, to make this a world where someone will always reach out in case of a disaster or crisis. CADENA not only helps; it spreads its spirit and forms humanitarian human beings ”. – Benjamín Laniado, Secretary General.
5780 has been a special year… to say the least. There are multiple reasons, but they can be summed up in a five-letter word, followed by a two-digit number. Unfortunately, this small combination has caused thousands of deaths around the world, setting in motion a whole chain of social, economic, geographic and political negative effects that will only become apparent in the next years—perhaps decades.
With this in mind, I would like to take advantage of the coming New Year celebrations to share some insights of what the COVID-19 crises has meant for us. In the Jewish New Year, we celebrate the ontological creation of the conscious human being. It is the perfect moment to reflect on ourselves and exercise thought, our most powerful tool.
As an NGO dedicated to covering humanitarian crises, COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our operations during the past six months. We are used to helping people affected by hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, armed conflict, migrations and refugees. However, the particular nature of this crises has forced us to completely reformulate how we work.
“Making a difference, hand-in-hand”: for over a decade, this has been our motto. In an uncertain context like Latin America and Africa where help sometimes never arrives to beneficiaries, we are committed to physically delivering aid to the most remote regions. This presupposes direct contact with beneficiaries—always taking into account the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality, independence and humanity—; we are always welcome with warm handshakes and firm hugs.
In the context of the pandemic, however, the social contact that lies at the basis of our work has become a risk. By engaging in it, we are exponentiating the thing that we are seeking to solve. This was no obstacle for us. Quite the opposite. Thanks to a strategic mobilization of resources and tactic changes in how we carry out our missions, we have managed to help more people, in one year, than in the past 15 years.
This year, CADENA has helped more than one and a half million COVID-19 vulnerable people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We established a digital platform that provides psychosocial and medical help to thousands in the region. We delivered pantries to those who lost their jobs and those who are going through a tough economic time. We donated fully equipped protection kits to health personnel working at the frontlines of the crises. We accompanied elders who have no one to care for them in quarantine. And we continue our search for new humanitarian volunteers who can help us in our fight.
Our forefathers have lived and survived these types of phenomenon before. In CADENA we believe in Homo Sapiens’ capacity to adapt. We have seen cases of cities with high density, like Hong Kong, or countries like Taiwan—both of them close to the epicenter—which have managed to keep the epidemic under control thanks to their previous experience with SARS, in 2002. We can and we should learn from their examples.
When facing this crisis, the world has two options: a turn back towards nationalism and closed borders, or the strengthening of international solidarity bonds. As an international humanitarian agency, we are placing our bets in the second solution. We strongly believe in human solidarity, beyond linguistic, cultural or ethnic borders.
We believe that what distinguishes our species is the capacity to establish bonds beyond the family circle. Cooperation is a stronger survival instinct than force or power. The only way in which we can adapt is by establishing bonds. Only by creating cooperating ecosystems are we able to build resilience.
We hope that next year we find our solidarity bonds further strengthen, through these crises.
Shana Tova Umetuká
Benjamin LaniadoGeneral Secretary of CADENA