Czech Republic Helps Czech-Texan Community
Hit by Harvey
Hynek Kmonicek, Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States, announced the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lubomir Zaoralek, approved the provision of five million Czech Crowns ($237,437) for humanitarian assistance to displaced families in La Grange, Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. Brian Vanicek, Honorary Consul to the Czech Republic for Texas, notified La Grange officials of this donation that is intended for the basic needs of people displaced by Hurricane Harvey such as: shelter, food, water, health and hygiene needs. Mr. Vanicek presented the donation to La Grange during a public ceremony at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center on Friday, September 15 where Judge Edward Janecka accepted the award on behalf of La Grange. Hurricane Harvey caused devastating floods in the State of Texas during the last week of August, leading to loss of life and temporary displacement of millions of people, including Czech compatriots. The hurricane and resulting floods also had a severe impact on the infrastructure and environment. The donation presented by Vanicek represents the Czech Republic’s dedication and solidarity with the United States, and the Czech compatriots living in La Grange during the disaster.