More help for flood victims

Thanks to some generous donations Project Peru as been able to make a second trip to the north of where we are situated, to two isolated communities, one near Supe and the other near Paramonga; one was like a ghost community as the landslides had flattened everything and there were just a few people left, with nowhere to go. In the other place the roads were all dried mud and the houses of adobe and reed matting ['esteras'] had been crushed. Using our local social work contacts there we were able to donate bottled water, basic dried food, clothing, blankets and toys to some of those still most in need. We also have plans to build small houses for some elderly ladies who have been identified as particularly vulnerable and devastated by losing their homes; it doesn't solve the whole problem but every little helps. Meanwhile we also need to keep our refuge 'afloat', though fortunately we have not had any direct flood damage ourselves.

Please refer to our previous News items on the 2017 floods in Peru.

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Posted on 21 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Flooding in the desert

To make a donation please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/projectperu; we will ensure that any such donation goes to help flood victims. Without the additional funds we may not be able to do this.

As usual it is the most vulnerable and the most marginalised who are the most affected.

In March 2017 there has been massive flooding from the rivers in the Peruvian coastal desert from north to south due to excessive rain in the sierra. The sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Peru caused the deadliest downpours in a decade. The flooding is expected to continue for several more weeks. Peru's devastating crisis has led to at least 85 deaths and more than 13,000 people homes have collapsed with a further 14,000 currently uninhabitable. 195 bridges have collapsed and 2000 miles of roads destroyed. [estimated figures as at 26.3.17]. Landslides contaminated water treatment plants leaving parts of Lima without drinking water. Schools have been closed. Roads being cut off by landslides have caused scarcities of food and unsustainable price rises.

https://www.peruthisweek.com/news-perus-situation-through-images-111426

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=r6WdGaVY9oM

At short notice and in response to the state of emergency everyone in our Project Peru refuge contributed to load a car with water, food, toys for the children, clothes and more, which they took to Huarmey, in the Ancash region north of Lima, which was badly affected and had had very little help.

http://efe.com/efe/english/life/peruvian-town-of huarmey-enduring-heavy-flooding/50000263-3215847

Luckily our own refuge is not near a river and we had taken precautions two years ago to prevent any major damage to our own buildings, particularly our dining room, and to some of the buildings in the shanty-towns near us:

http://projectperu.org.uk/news/2014/12/10/el-nino-2014.htm

http://projectperu.org.uk/news/2015/02/16/a-rain-proof-roof.htm

Posted on 29 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Project Peru helping out with the floods

This is Huarmey probably at it's worst..at least, so far.

At short notice and in response to the state of emergency everyone in our Project Peru refuge contributed, the children helped to load up a car with food, water, toys for the children and more which some of the staff took to Huarmey in the Ancash region north of Lima, which was badly affected [as well as so many other areas], and which had had very little help.

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Posted on 28 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Sun, sand and Summer

One of our regular activities during the Peruvian Summer is to give the children and staff, and some of their children, a holiday by the sea which is for all of them an unforgettable experience; we are invited to stay near Casma, north of Lima. A good time is always had by all! These are some of their activities and arts and crafts.

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Posted on 03 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Fun and games at the refuge

 That's what it seems like at times but even to entertain one child can cost a lot ...and we have over 50! So anything you can do in a variety of ways to support us would be a big bonus! See some options here; http://projectperu.org.uk/fundraising/other-ways-of-giving.htm

We have team games, sports days, football competitions, an 'adventure play' area, a Scout group, bikes and scooters, table top and board games, jigsaws, card games and Scouts, among other activities.

 

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Posted on 02 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Viva la musica y la danza!

As you walk through the streets near our refuge you may hear the sound of pan-pipes and singing, laughter and dancing feet as the children enjoy security and warmth, affection and care, singing, theatre and dance. Dances from the coast, mountains and jungles of Peru, accompanied by children playing the cajon, the panpipes, drums, flutes, charangos, guitars...and songs.

 

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Posted on 02 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Project Peru at Christmas time 2016

Among our special Christmas-time activities involving the local community we put on our traditional Christmas 'show' at the refuge including music, dancing and a nativity play; we invited a local group of older people to their own entertainment and donated walking frames to any of  those who needed them, as well as generous Christmas food parcels. We went out into the local shanty town community to deliver more Christmas food parcels to those living in extreme poverty. We also donated these to the families of our children.

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Posted on 13 January 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Project Peru distributing food baskets in the shanty town communities at Christmas 2016

Our staff and volunteers regularly visit some of the local shanty town communities at Christmas time to distribute food baskets.

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Posted on 08 January 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Our Christmas 'entertainment' at the refuge 2016

The 'Project Peru Show' is our annual performance by the children including their dancing, music and a nativity play in front of families, friends and supporters of our work.

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Posted on 08 January 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Our children invite the older generation to the refuge at Christmas time 2016

One of our traditional initiatives is to put on a special Christmas welcome and entertainment for elderly members of the local community.

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Posted on 08 January 2017 and filed under News from Peru