As a native Peruvian survivor of three other major earthquakes I was compelled to respond and share.
Raised in a modest household without color tv, car, and a telephone, I was privileged to learn that one can survive without material luxuries.
In 1978, as an aspiring 15 year old, I left for the USA in search of a brighter horizons leaving my loved ones behind.
After thirty years of living the American Dream, I have learned that one cannot survive without grasping the moral values of love and compassion for others.
On August 15, 2007 at 6:41 pm, a violent 8.0 earthquake shook more than 20,000 square miles of Peruvian soil for 2 never ending minutes.
Since mid-January, El Niño Coastal has affected Peru and Ecuador. Rains, floods and floods hit the north and center of the country flooding cities and towns, leaving thousands of people isolated, destroying agricultural land and livestock.
The team of Direct Aid Peru volunteers were able to reach one of the most affected areas of Huarmey and put up tents for several affected families.
The city of Huarmey, Ancash Region, approximately 185 miles North of Lima, was hit hard by the torrential rains, flash floods and mudslides.
Direct Aid Peru continues to support improvement to the educational center at San Clemente.