Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to our relief efforts. Our Perú Program Manager, Carmen, is on the ground in Lima taking water, diapers, and formula to our network of folks who have been without basic supplies and services for days - and she is always asking questions about additional need.
It's being called a 40-year rain, which you can imagine doesn't sit well with the primarily, desert landscape; and the season is purportedly two weeks from over. In fact, the forecasters are calling for more rain over the coming days.
Response from the Peruvian Government and local communities has been heartening and immediate. They have been extremely well organized in getting much needed resources to stem the tide of immediate need.
At this point - We're asking a lot of question of our partners, and plan to help with additional supplies, coordination of outreach, and planning in the aftermath. Right now the hardest hit areas are in the north coastal regions (Trujillo, Lambayeque , Piura) and we are keeping in close contact with our on-the-ground partners to determine how to best support their efforts.
Although the need is great right now, the Peruvian Government is doing a fantastic job responding. The long term impacts of this disaster will be broad and lasting. HBI is committed to work with our in-country partners to assure support is available to the communities we serve for the long term.
Please stay tuned for more updates and please keep the people of Perú in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all of your support.
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