Sunday, August 19, 2007

Please help Peruvian earthquake victims!

Despite the best efforts to give relief to earthquake victims in Peru, problems with looting and the infrastructure have made things very difficult. Still, any help that can provided to those affected by last week’s tremors is sorely needed.

You can help provide assistance to Peruvians in several ways:

  • For those in the New York City area a fundraiser called "Marathon for Peru" will run until 8 pm in Queens today. (29-28 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City).
  • Several Peruvian Consulates in the U.S. have appealed for aid to quake victims. For instance, the Consulate in Miami has issued a comprehensive list of items for donation including clothes, medical equipment, batteries, cots, and medicine. Other consulates in areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta have their own suggestions on how to help and that information can be accessed here.
  • A special bank account has been established for direct deposit donations for the recovery effort: “HSBC Bank, USA
    Account Name: Embassy of Peru - Sismo Peru 2007
    Account Number: 389060178
    Routing Number: 021001088”
  • Lastly, several well-known international charities have also set up donation funds including the American Red Cross, Oxfam America, and CARE. (More charities donating to rescue efforts can be seen via the Charity Navigator site.)

Any little bit helps so please give what you can and donate!

Sources- NY1, Consulado de Peru, American Red Cross, Oxfam America, CARE, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, The Latin Americanist, Charity Navigator

Image- New York Daily News

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