Emergency Flood Relief for Ancash

$3,422 of $19.1k goal

Raised by 56 people in 1 month
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Kimberly Munro  BATON ROUGE, LA
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We are cultural heritage professionals who have carried out a diversity of archaeological and museum development projects in the rural Ancash region of Peru.  In addition to our basic research interests, we operate in what we call a “co-creative” framework that addresses the “expressed needs” of the communities who generously host our research.  For example, in the village of Nivín, at the request of the local educators we work directly with the schools to develop programs that build sustainable cultural heritage projects. We also use our networks to engage other civic and corporate support for these co-creative projects.  

We are now raising funds for the immediate and critical needs of residents in the rural Ancash villages of Nivín and Cosma.  Because of our demonstrated commitment to community needs, the leaders in these rural villages from two valleys in northern Peru asked for our assistance in recovery efforts from the floods that are currently devastating their homes and life sustaining agricultural fields.  The above video presents the images of the flood destruction in the communities in which we work.  The specific material requests from our Peruvian hosts include:

·   A supply of clean water and containers to store/carry water purified onsite.
·   Hand tools (shovels, picks) for repairing roads and homes
·   Repellant for the swarms of insects created by the floods. 
·   Rain gear including boots and ponchos
·   Gasoline and containers for use in operating heavy equipment to reopen roads.
·   Supplies for children when schools reopen in mid-April.
·   Tents, tarps, and blankets for temporary shelter
·   Basic medicine and first aid kits
·   Personal and household cleaning supplies

We emphasize that all items on the above list of materials is based on the expressed needs of the rural community residents.  We are working with those residents to assure that we supplement but do not duplicate materials they anticipate receiving from other sources. Click here for a detailed project budget .

THE NEED IS CRITICAL AND IMMEDIATE.  As we receive donations we will immediately transfer the funds to our partners in Peru who will purchase the supplies and arrange their transport to the villages of Nivín and Cosma.

To stay informed about our relief activities, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter from the Nivin Project in English or Spanish or visit the website for the Cosma Project .

For us, our work in Peru is more than research. In fact, the people from the villages where we have worked are our host families.  We are the Godparents (padrino and madrina) of some of their children. We work with them in their fields and celebrate at their festivals.  We are a part of their families and they are a part of ours.  

We thank you in advance for your support!  

Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza
Kimberly Munro
Robert Connolly
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Update 2
Posted by Kimberly Munro
20 days ago
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Our first update. Recovery has currently started in the communities of Cosma and Nivin. The rains have slowed, and people are in the process of rebuilding. Roads are still closed in Cosma and Nivin, and supplies are being slowly delivered on foot through makeshift log bridges to cross the river (see attached photos), we wanted to post our thank you to everyone who has donated so far, and reiterate our plan since we are getting ready to transfer the first pot of donations to the communities.

1. Who you are and where you’re from
-We are archaeologists who work in the communities of Nivin and Cosma, in Ancash Peru. Currently living in Baton Rouge Louisiana and attending Louisiana State University for graduate school, we’ve come together as students and colleagues in our department to organize this relief effort for these communities.

2. Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for
- I (Kimberly Munro) have worked with the Cosma community since 2013. I spend 3-4 months a year living in this small town of about 100 people. I’ve integrated with the community through my archaeological fieldwork and have built relationships with the many families who live in Cosma. The president of Cosma, as well as their communal organization has contacted me about helping with relief aid for the community.
- Elizabeth Cruzado and Robert Connolly have worked with the Nivin community since 2015, similarly, their friends in Nivin, including the teacher’s of the local school, have contacted them about helping with relief for the community. Elizabeth and I are both friends and colleagues at LSU, after hearing about the respective help asked for by both communities we have worked with, we decided to join our efforts in the hopes we can make a greater impact.

3. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible)
- A List of supplies and budget has been posted on the link above, but just to reiterate, money will be used to purchase these supplies
· A supply of clean water and containers to store/carry water purified onsite.
· Hand tools (shovels, picks) for repairing roads and homes
· Repellant for the swarms of insects created by the floods.
· Rain gear including boots and ponchos
· Gasoline and containers for use in operating heavy equipment to reopen roads.
· Supplies for children when schools reopen in mid-April.
· Tents, tarps, and blankets for temporary shelter
· Basic medicine and first aid kits
· Personal and household cleaning supplies

4. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies
- Our withdrawal plan includes splitting the donations 50/50 between both communal needs. Once funds are transferred from the GoFundMe account, they will be transferred to our colleagues in Peru through a Chase account wire transfer. Funds for the Nivin community will be transferred to our Nivin community organizers who live in Peru and will use the funds to purchase the supplies and delivery them to the Nivin community.
- For the Cosma community, the funds will be transferred to the Cosma community fund, an organization of people from Cosma (their facebook community group page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014774088677 ) who now live in Lima, and have been working community relief efforts in Peru. We have coordinated the transfer of funds with this group, who will then have the supplies delivered to their relatives in need in Cosma.
Crossing make shift log bridge, Cosma
new mudslide outside on road to Cosma
Crossing make shift log bridge, Cosma
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Update 1
Posted by Kimberly Munro
25 days ago
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We thank you for your generous donations to the people of Nivín and Cosma Peru during their time of incredible need. The $1420.00 we have received to date is an excellent start toward achieving the goal we have set to meet the requests of the victims of the devastating floods.

We will increase our efforts in the coming days to reach the goal of this campaign for the Peruvian people. Your contributions, large or small, will be used exclusively to provide the materials needed to aid the displaced residents of Nivín and Cosma. In our budget, we have no administrative overhead. In addition to your financial donations, please be certain to share our gofundme campaign with your family, friends, and colleagues.

We will make our first transfer of funds to Nivin and Cosma the first of April. Please consider making your generous contribution by that point so that our partners in Peru will be able to begin purchasing the supplies and arrange the transport to the affected areas.

You can visit the Facebook page for the Municipality of Casma to see up-to-date videos on the flood relief effort in the region

https://www.facebook.com/MuniCasma2017/

Our colleague in Nivín, Professor Gustavo Valencia will want you to know that by meeting the emergency needs for housing, food, and water through your contributions, the people of village will then be able to begin restoring the fabulous programs he and his colleagues created in their school as shown here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbB9_nxPw5E&feature=share

Thanks in advance for your continued support,

Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza, Kimberly Munro, and Robert Connolly
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$3,422 of $19.1k goal

Raised by 56 people in 1 month
Created March 24, 2017
$20
Melinda González
1 day ago
KF
$100
Kevin Floerke
10 days ago
AW
$50
Alyssa Webb
11 days ago
BC
$25
Beverly Clement
13 days ago
SS
$25
Sean del Solar
14 days ago
JC
$50
John Cronin
19 days ago
FC
$100
Francine Chicoine
19 days ago

Bon courage et bonne chance!

$25
Katie Clary
20 days ago
BG
$10
Brooke Garcia
20 days ago

Good luck to the people of Ancash!

NC
$100
Nicole Carignan
20 days ago

Good luck and thank you so much for this beautiful people !

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