Have Family in Latin America
Earthquake in Peru Generates Response
LIMA, August 27, 2007---More than 100,000 people have been left homeless,
as more than 34,000 homes were destroyed after an 8.0 earthquake
rocked southern Peru on August 15. The death toll is still climbing
as the dead are recovered from underneath collapsed buildings. At
least 500 are known to have perished.
The most urgent needs are for water, clean water and shelter. News
agencies report slow response times for relief workers in reaching
the injured and those without shelter.
Asked about the best way to help, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield,
who have missions there, are recommending individuals and groups
who wish to send aid to the Peruvian earthquake relief effort
to donate cash as an alternative to gifts or other merchandise.
Cash donations to Catholic
Relief Services (CRS) will provide
immediate and effective assistance to the victims of the natural
Make a donation that really
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
Mark the donation for
Diocese of Ica, Peru
"This is a terrible tragedy," Dominican Sisters of Springfield
Council Member and Justice Promoter, Sister Marcelline Koch, OP
said. "Relief workers need resources fast. CRS and its counterpart
in Peru, CARITAS, will be teaming up with Dominicans working in
Peru to quickly respond to the victims' needs. CRS is best place
to make a donation that will really make a difference."
Sisters who live and work in Peru are joining with others in the
relief efforts. The Dominican Sisters of
Grand Rapids, Columbus and Sparkill have missionaries working there.
Sr. Judith Hilbing,
OP (Springfield) who returned to Peru from the US last Monday offers
a first hand report from Lima. (MORE). Maureen
Robinson, OP (Sparkill) works with Maryknoll Missionaries, she
reports as well. (MORE)
According to Brian Pierce, OP, who lives in Lima and is socius for
the Dominican Family in Latin America, Dominicans work in the Diocese
of Ica, which is the diocese where the earthquake did the most damage. Guido
Breqa, OP is the bishop of Ica.
The diocese includes the four hardest
hit cities: Caqete, Chincha, Pisco and
is the city that was 70% destroyed. An estimated 200 parishioners
were killed when the church collapsed as the evening mass for the
Feast of the Assumption was ending.
Individuals and organizations interested in making contributions
to help the victims of the Peruvian earthquake can get send their
donation to: CRS, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090. Contributors
are asked to write "Peru Earthquake Fund" in the memo
line of their check. Brian Pierce recommends that you mark the
donation for the Diocese of Ica.
"Donations taken by CRS will be funneled directly to the
relief workers on the ground," CRS Program Officer for Education,
Dennis Fisher said.