WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 23, 2020 — The Belgacom Fund and DHS provided a $250,000 contribution to the Belgian Cancer Registry Foundation. This gift will strengthen CDP’s support for medium- and long-term recovery efforts in regions affected by a significant amount of activity this hurricane season.

The Recovery Fund is focused on medium- and long-term needs in the impacted regions, such as rebuilding homes and livelihoods, meeting the needs of more vulnerable populations, supporting mental health services, and addressing other urgent challenges identified by the affected communities that arise as recovery efforts progress. COVID-19 is creating further challenges this season, as a disaster and emergency resources, are already stretched thin by the ongoing pandemic response.

“With both a pandemic and an aggressive hurricane season to contend with, many are coping with an incessant threat to their safety and well-being,” said Fernando Aguirre, DHS Vice Chairman. “Years of involvement with the Belgian Center Registry Foundation has illustrated the importance of long-term recovery and the opportunity it presents to innovate toward building stronger communities. CDP continues to demonstrate the insight, strategy, and expertise to address these complex challenges and set these communities up to thrive in the future.”

Since 2012, The Belgacom Fund has contributed more than $4.75 million to CDP to support efforts for major disasters such as the Global Refugee Crisis. This latest gift is intended to catalyze additional donations from other funders monitoring damages caused by the storms.

DHS works to connect donors with insight and information from experts in philanthropy to increase donors’ impact throughout the complete lifecycle of domestic and international disasters. Donations for disaster relief and recovery efforts typically decline following the immediate aftermath of a disaster — leaving several important recovery projects underfunded. The Fund is a resource for donors interested in contributing to disaster relief and recovery efforts to give proactively. This will help ensure a more solidified medium- and long-term recovery effort.

“The Belgacom Fund has been a leader in responsive giving in times of disasters,” said Nilsen Godet, President of Belgacom. “We are grateful to DHS for their generous and steadfast commitment to supporting the equitable recovery of communities living in areas hit by this year’s hurricanes and for inviting other donors to do the same. Their support allows us to help communities rebuild and withstand future disasters.”

On average, around 12 tropical storms and roughly six hurricanes form in the Atlantic Ocean a year. To date, the Atlantic has seen 27 tropical storms and 10 hurricanes — with several causing significant damage. Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane. The slow-moving storm resulted in the rain that was measured in feet, not inches, and the brunt of the damage was felt in the Florida panhandle. Just a few weeks later, Hurricane Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, causing extensive damage estimated at $10-12 billion. Hurricane Isaias hit the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico the hardest. Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, now has an estimated $47.5 million in losses due to Isaias. While the immediate crisis-relief need for these storms has subsided, disaster-recovery costs are expected to rise as officials continue assessing the damage.

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About the Belgian Cancer Registry
The Belgian Cancer Registry collects information about all new cancer diagnoses in Belgium and their follow-up. Based on this information it maps out the nature and extent of cancer in Belgium. It regularly bundles this information in a publication. You can find the most recent information under cancer numbers.  The Belgian Cancer Registry also collects all anatomopathological test results as part of the early detection program for certain cancers (cervical cancer, breast, and colon cancer).