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Friday, August 31, 2007

Earthquake Relief for Peru

I talked with a friend in Lima. On the phone this morning. Who is working on relief efforts. Through an organization in Peru. Called Manos Amigas. She and I. Have roomed together at meetings. And laughed until late into the night. Until our tired conversation becomes one of her speaking Spanish and me responding in English and vice versa.

An earthquake hit south of Lima on August 15. Thousands of people were displaced. Hardest hit was the city of Pisco, where 85% of the buildings were destroyed. The city has been reduced largely to rubble, which the government is removing with heavy equipment. Families are living in tents and receive meals from distribution centers. Soon the families will need to return to their land, and the feeding programs will end.

Since families will need to begin to cook for themselves, Manos Amigas is assembling "family packages" to help with the transition.

Each family package will cost $110 and will include:

1 teapot
3 pans--large, medium, and small
1 frying pan
1 set of cooking fork, spatula and spoon
6 plates
6 bowls
6 cups and saucers
6 glasses
6 sets of silverware--knife, fork, spoon and soup spoon
1 clothes brush
1 plastic basin
canisters
plastic bowls with covers
1 bucket
1 two-burner gas stove

SERRV / A Greater Gift, where I work, is collecting donations of any size which will be passed on to Manos Amigas for purchase of the elements of these family packages. If you are interested in donating, go to:

www.agreatergift.org/DonateorLend/Donate.aspx

and click on Donate Here.

In order to designate this gift for earthquake relief, since our web person's been out for a few days, put Lucia in the space where it says this gift is on behalf of. We'll then know to apply it to earthquake relief. (I'll ask our blog person to put a drop down box to designate for earthquake relief when we're back in the office next week.)

3 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

of course, sister. of course. will do it later today.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Sparky said...

An article on the earthquake in Peru was the first that captured my interest sufficiently for me to retain any information from one sentence to the next.

12:21 PM  
Blogger QT said...

For some reason, this just showed up in my reader.

Latin America is getting pummeled this year between earthquakes and hurricanes - on the Pacific AND Atlantic!

1:13 PM  

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