Although the rains have greatly decreased and/or stopped in many parts of Peru (the north is still considerably wet) the work of helping communities and populations impacted by the flooding is only just beginning.
Tremendous appreciation goes out to everyone who has donated to the flood relief efforts in Peru. There has been an outpouring of contributions from around the world. For HBI, we are focusing our efforts on helping our in-country partners and the families enrolled in the Ines Project.
In many communities where we work, people have been cutoff from basic services - as the floods have wiped out roads and infrastructure. In the communities of Alto Cayma outside of the city of Arequipa, roads have been washed away leading to further runoff and erosion.
In the coming weeks, our Peruvian staff will work with our partners to define how we can best support them and their efforts to serve the needs of communities dramatically impacted by the floods and rains. We will work closely to compliment the efforts of the Peruvian Government, who have done a tremendous job responding to the disaster (the photographs below highlight some of the governments efforts to shelter and bring temporary resources to communities most impacted by the flooding).
Stay tuned for further updates; and, once again, thank you very much for all of your generous contributions.
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