In the course of a few minutes, Peru’s massive 2007 earthquake destroyed everything that some communities had spent years building.Houses collapsed, roads crumbled and essentials such as food and drinking water were suddenly hard to come by for many of the 650,000 people affected.
Caritas launched an emergency appeal in the aftermath of the earthquake. Over the following months, generous donors from around the world gave over US$10 million to help people rebuild their communities and lives in central Peru.
Initially, Caritas focused on helping 55,000 families by providing them with water, food and shelter, blankets and cooking and hygiene kits.
The most vulnerable victims of the earthquake were targeted: children under five, senior citizens, people who were incapacitated and women who were heads of households.
Caritas helped the sick and injured by providing over 40 metric tons of medical aid and helped people get to hospital to receive treatment.
As many people didn’t […]
“This is one of the most gratifying experiences, looking at the amount of good that can be done through solidarity among peoples.”
Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga has said that solidarity with the poor is vital to the work of Caritas as he marks the first anniversary of his election as president of the network of 162 national charities.
“This is a long road that has been made by doing good around the world. And this is one of the most gratifying experiences, looking at the amount of good that can be done through solidarity among peoples,” said the Cardinal.
Cardinal Maradiaga saw the importance of solidarity on the ground when he visited Peru following a massive earthquake last year.
“I was really amazed when I arrived at the warehouse of Caritas and I saw the amount of young men and women who were devoting their time just to help – this was really, […]