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Many of you may have seen the news reports showing the flooding Peru is currently facing. In summary, the US State Department has reported that torrential rainfall has triggered flooding and landslides. The heavy rains are expected to continue into April. The government of Peru has declared a state of emergency in many areas. This heavy rainfall has resulted in extensive damage to homes, water supply facilities, schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges and there is limited potable water in many areas.
Due to this disaster, Blossom Inspirations, Global Handmade Hope and Glory Projects are teaming up with Care Peru to help provide aide to those affected by this emergency situation.
I would like to share with you some background information on Care Peru, as this is the “on the ground” NGO organization we have decided to partner with to help Peru’s flooding victims.
Each year Care responds to dozens of disasters reaching approximately 12 million people. First, they work with communities to prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters. Then they partner with local groups to provide immediate assistance when an emergency rises. And finally, they work with survivors, especially women and children, to help them recover after the crisis.
Care Peur’s projects focus on goals similar to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. Below are the key focus areas that Care outlines on their website.
- Water and Sanitation
- Health, Food Security, and Nutrition
- Climate Change
- Economic Development
- Emergencies and Risk Management
What you can do to help.
There is an urgent need for financial donations to provide immediate relief for the flood victims. Glory Projects, a 501c3, will be accepting donations through the end of April 2017, that will be consolidated and sent to Care Peru.
Beyond immediate financial relief, your purchase of fair trade items will provide aide by offering long-term employment support of artisans and their families as they rebuild. Please consider purchasing a fair trade product made by our Peru artisans. You can shop either on our site or from our project partner, Blossom Inspirations.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to aide the Peruvian people affected by this flooding disaster.