We thank you for your support as we continue to aid remote regions of Peru impacted by various natural disasters.
We are all familiar with the impact of El Nino on the weather patterns in the United States. What many of us forget is that El Nino originates off of the coast of Peru. Sadly, a strong El Nino reeks havoc on Peru's weather. The region impacted the greatest is the Andean, including The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Ayacucho and Arequipa. This year's El Nino has resulted in devestating flooding that has not only destroyed households and transportation routes, but has also destroyed agriculture. The loss of housing, food and income will be putting a great stress on Peru's most vulnerable population.
To address the immediate issues of food insecurity and the coming cold mountain winter, VIDA is shipping 8 tons of soup which will be distriubted throughout the Andean region. In addition, VIDA Peru will be including 2,000 care packages containing blankets and sweaters in collaboration with a Peruvian textile company.
The shipment will also include medical supplies and equipment and over-the-counter cold medicine. This shipment will be followed by two additional shipments in July 2016 carrying medical supplies and equipment.
ps - if anyone is living in the Bay Area and would like to volunteer sorting donations - check us out at vidausa.org.