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  Nothing could have prepared Texas, Florida, Louisiana, countries in the Caribbean, Central America or other states in the USA for the destruction and devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The cleanup will be ongoing for months as millions of people and thousands of businesses struggle with the trauma, loss of power, displacement, billions of dollars in cost and the death toll from the horrific storms.

    In the midst of the valiant recovery efforts, the National Association for Multicultural Education urges people to not forget the schools, educators and most of all the children. The schools depend on stable, mostly sunny conditions to educate children. That’s when teachers and communities experience few disruptions. The hurricanes wipe out that normalcy.

    Many homes, businesses, places of worship and civic locations have either been destroyed or heavily damaged by the violent winds and floodwaters — unprecedented in our time. Schools also have suffered in the hurricanes and their aftermath. Getting life within those walls to be safe, sound and secure again will take help from people nationwide to get education for children and teachers to achieve a sustainable new normal. 

    Students and educators will have to overcome the trauma they have experienced just as children and teachers did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which in 2005 devastated New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico regions of Louisiana and Mississippi. As in New Orleans, NAME has members in the communities hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and NAME sends this message of concern and hope to its members, friends and the community. NAME urges everyone’s support for their recovery.

    In its constant push for equity, NAME also urges countries and humanitarian efforts worldwide to not forget or overlook hard hit areas outside of the United States, even though the U.S. continues to get the most press coverage for the hurricane damage it sustained. 

    Also damaged in August and September by Hurricane Harvey were Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Yucatan Peninsula and Windward Islands. Hurricane Irma in September did damage in Cuba, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Greater Antilles and Leeward Islands.

    Children, educators, schools and communities in those areas need just as much — if not more — assistance as people in badly damaged areas of the United States.

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