Peru Earthquake Relief
An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck the southern coast of Peru on August 15, 2007 resulting in more than 500 deaths, over 1000 injuries, and destroying tens of thousands of homes.
Humanity First Approach
Humanity First deployed a first response team to provide earthquake victims with resources to help alleviate the suffering as there was a serious shortage of food, temporary housing and blankets. Furthermore, an experienced nurse was sent to provide much-needed medical support. The first assessment team visited and provided aid in the localities of Pisco, Chincha, and Ica.
A team of Humanity First volunteers visited Peru in December 2007 to investigate the construction of sustainable housing for people in the Ica region which continues to suffer from the aftermath of the earthquake. The team’s report and recommendations formed the basis to initiate a shelter construction project. The first phase was recently completed through collaboration with students from University of Virginia’s Alternative Spring Break program to help with the reconstruction in March 2008.
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Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.