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December 27, 2007

1st Country

So I will be traveling around doing relief work this next year. Peru will be the first country I will be going to. Here is some information about what I will be doing for our first month....

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On August 15th in the early evening, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck in the region of Ica a coastal area about three hours south of Lima, Peru. Of all the places that incurred major damage, Tambo de Mora took a direct hit.

The government has decreed that Tambo de Mora will not be rebuilt. This is due to the city's proximity to the ocean. While some families have simply departed the ruins of Tambo de Mora, many families have lived here for generations and they have not left, nor do they intend to leave. In some cases the families were able to salvage some of their possessions. They were helped for about three months with provisions being provided to feeding centers and with tents and some temporary shelters.

Many individuals lost their employment as a result of the quake. The government has declared that the town can not be rebuilt, but no assistance has been provided or offered to help them relocate to date. The situation is truly desperate and for many, it will become more so as time goes on.

Also you can read about it here
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For our first month we will be going to distribute rice, blankets, tear down, and clean up where ever the needs are greatest. I also hope to capture a few stories with video to post in the next month. We are just going to go love these people and definitely learn a ton in the process.

It's going to be a super intense year!

Posted by jennifer at December 27, 2007 11:14 AM

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