Thursday, August 16, 2007

Earthquake In Peru: How You Can Help

Photos: SSC

I was born and live in Los Angeles; I know earthquakes. An 8.0 (it was upgraded to this by the US Geological Survey) is a BIG quake. An 8.0 lasting almost two minutes is scary. And, and 8.0 lasting almost two minutes, with many aftershocks measuring as high as 6.3 is something I'd prefer not to experience.

It took over 24 hours to reach family in Peru; fortunately, all are well.

But, many people in Peru are not well as these photos attest.

If you can help, please do.

This comes to us from Carlos at Peruanista (if you live in the US, more relief information comes after this):

Please help the victims of the earthquake in Peru.

If you can, I encourage you to donate to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. They use the funds in their already going on efforts to provide with emergency relief to the affected area.

"Chincha, Peru, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Peruvians pulled hundreds of dead and wounded from the rubble of homes and churches on Thursday and some gathered them on street corners after a massive earthquake ravaged the country's central coast. About 400 people were killed in the 8.0-magnitude quake on Wednesday night, the president's chief of staff said."

Go to think link and donate to: Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.

Please specify: Peru Earthquake

International Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies

Peru earthquake: International Federation sends two planeloads of relief items to Pisco: 16 August 2007

Following the strong earthquake which hit the central coastal region of Peru on 15 August in the evening (local time), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' Pan-American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) is sending out two planes of relief items this afternoon (local time) from Panama.

The planes are loaded with tents, plastic sheeting, blankets and jerrycans for 2,000 families. They are expected to land in Pisco at approximately 16h00 local time. The planes are being sent out on request from local authorities for these goods.

As soon as the disaster hit, the Peruvian Red Cross immediately sent a national intervention team, along with a logistician, into the region of the epicentre to evaluate needs and damage. The team has now reached Pisco and will go on to Ica, which is the most affected area.

"The first impression of the team is that the damage is severe, especially to houses. It took them nearly seven hours to reach Pisco from Lima, a trip that normally takes two," said Giorgio Ferrario, International Federation Regional Representative for South America in Lima. "We know for the moment, according to local authorities, that at least 350 people are dead, but the toll will certainly rise, as search and rescue operations continue."

The International Federation also has released 250,000 Swiss francs (US$205,000/ €153,000) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Peruvian Red Cross relief operation for victims of the quake.

In the US, you can call:

1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 in Spanish.

You can also donate via Internet:

American Red

Please specify: Peru Earthquake

Click here for the Peru Food main page.

TAGS: Peru, Peruvian, food, cooking, cuisine, cocina, comida, gastronomía, peruana


Chocolate City said...

Thanks for sharing this info Alejandro!

Peru needs our solidarity now more than ever.

El Doc said...

There are other places where people can help, if they are in the US:

- Florida:
- New Jersey:

(info in Spanish)

Anonymous said...

OMG, it was very awful. Im 20 and it is my first earthquake. I was on my bed and when i felt the earthquake i stood up and went outside of my home. I was with my sister and brother, they were very nervious and We saw that all were moving, the cars, the floor, the lamps, all things.
So, in my country are so sad for the people of Ica and Pisco (120 millas of Lima to south). They need our help and dont have where to live because they dont have houses now and the %70 of houses of "Pisco" are destroyed. I'm peruvian and im so so sad.
The ONG called "A roof for my country" will start to build new houses of emergency in the next week in the affected towns and they need 300 voluntary persons. I and some friend are one of them.
Each house is necesary a budget of $ 800 then we need your help and donation for to build houses, please.
You can see this website in english and to click to "Peru"

More information (Spanish) in:

Thank You very much
Jaime Zarate
Lima - Peru

Anonymous said...

Charity Navigator posted a list of charities providing aid:

KirkK said...

Hi Alejandro - Thanks for the info. I'm glad your family is safe and doing well.

Juan Arellano said...


Gracias por el post Alejandro.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you have put this information out there!

Does anyone know of any charities that are taking goods (as opposed to just money) -- I would like to donate some hand-knit items (scarves, hats, etc) but can't find many places (besides the consulate) that will take things like this.

Thanks for your help!

::Alejandro:: said...

Thank you for all your comments and for your solidarity with the victims of this terrible earthquake...

M.Begazo said...



lucia ximena said...

everything it's true, our situation is really terrible, because of the desorganization of the government they try to help people in Ica, Pisco and the other cities that have been damaged but they are trying to find out a easy and efficient way to do it.
Now all of we are giving as donations things like blankets, non-perishable food and the most important bottles of water, cause ica in the a desertic area, and with the earthquake the potable water has gone.
After these words I also want to congratulate all of the people that are working there in the south, there have been lots of volunteers groups that will be there in the next ours.
Any help is important, we don't ask for money...that's not the best way (from my point of view) to help.

Angie Alba said...

I have many friends in Peru and I know the earthquake was just devastating... the worst part is that the earth still shakes from time to time. We must keep helping them, because they don't have a house, food, bathrooms, not even water!

Thank God many people and organizations are making big donations for the survivors, as I posted in my blog :

Angie Sports Blog

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