OCN Flood Relief for Northern Peru
Friends and Family of OCN, we need your help!
As many of you have heard through the news, Peru is in a state of emergency. There has been terrible flooding around the country.
In the past week 6 rounds of rushing water have torn threw Trujillo. On Sunday the 19th the floods hit our beloved town of Huanchaco.
Everyone here in Huanchaco is safe but there is a lot of work to be done. We are expecting heavy rains to continue and many homes are not prepared for what is coming.
As the floods continue ripping apart the country, roads and bridges are being destroyed and there is currently limited access to transport food and water. This is causing prices to increase exponentially to prices many families are unable to pay, including our comedor here in Huanchaco.
This is a time we need everyone to come together in love and support. Please contribute what you can so that we can get supplies to those in need!
Amigos y familia de OCN, necesitamos vuestra ayuda!
Habrán escuchado en los medios de comunicación que Perú está en estado de emergencia. El país ha sufrido unas inundaciones muy fuertes.
Durante esta semana Trujillo ha sufrido 6 huaicos. En domingo 19 de marzo el huaico inundo nuestro querido Huanchaco.
La población está a salvo pero hay mucho trabajo que hacer. Se han pronosticado fuertes lluvias para los próximos días y algunas de las casas no están preparadas.
Muchas de las carreteras y puentes están han sido destruidos y el acceso de comida y agua es limitado. Esto está causando que los precios se incrementen y que las familias tengan dificultades para adquirir productos, incluido nuestro comedor en Huanchaco.
En estos momentos necesitamos que todo el mundo se una y nos brinde su apoyo. Por favor contribuyan en los que puedan para que podamos apoyar a los que más lo necesitan.
Water pooring into the ocean at the entrance of Huanchaco:
The 'dry' river / el rio 'seco':
La Rivera street in Huanchaco along the beach
calle la rivera en Huanchaco:
The beach after the floods was completely covered in garbage and debris :
La playa después del huaico está lleno de basura:
Saturday morning we were able to get two water trucks to deliver water to Cerrito (who has not had a water truck deliver for two weeks now) and el Milagro, to the areas most effected by the flooding.
We also sent a group of volunteer to Las Lomas to bring food to families as the stores there are almost out essentials such as rice, sugar, lentils, oats, etc. Then spent the rest of the morning scrubbing a house that was filled with mold from the damp, patching up their roof and cleaning up a wall that had fallen.
A third group of volunteers joined efforts to clean out a house that was very close to the flooded river and pass out prepared lunch with some Huanchaco locals.
The solidarity that has come from everyone around us working towards a common goal has been amazing. We will rest this afternoon and get ready for week 2.
Thank you all for making these efforts possible. Have a wonderful Sunday.
It has been another successful and long day. Our volunteers continue to work incredibly hard without fail and the generosity of locals and people internationally is inspiring.
Today we handed out large sheets of plastic (thanks to your donations!). Many of the houses in our communities are made of mud and with the heavy rains more and more walls continue to crumble down. The heavy rains also put reconstruction on hold so the goal is to preserve what is still standing.
We linked up with a local water distributor who delivers 20 liter jugs to homes, all of which are currently empty because the companies can not refill right now. He kindly let us borrow 20 of them! So we have filled those in Huanchaco and brought them to families without water.
We then received a call of an offer to bring more food supplies along with paying for two WATER TRUCKS to go to areas without water!! Tomorrow morning these trucks of water will be heading to Cerrito and el Milagro. What an amazing gift!
The more we sit down to speak with families the more need we are finding. Thank you all for the continued support!!
As we continue assessing the needs of our communities we are finding many families whose roofs fell in, walls collapsed, or who have lost their homes all together.
Please continue spreading the word! We are on our way, but there is still a lot of work to be done!
The biggest immediate need is food and water in areas that are still without access.
Today we were able to purchase supplies to create over 100 'emergency packs' that included rice, lentils, oats, sugar, oil, matches, and milk.
Then from a very generous donation we were able to add potatoes, onions, carrots, peppers and squash.
We will be distributing them along with bottles of water to families in our communities that are desperately in need of these materials.
All of our volunteers have been working so hard. We are so grateful from all the support we have been receiving internationally and locally!!