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tuesday, May 08:

A total of 409 ShelterBoxes have been distributed in the regions of Lima and Abancay, the majority in the latter region, following continuous landslides. Over 400 famlies now have a temporary home as they rebuild their lives. All teams have returned home and the deployment is complete.

tuesday, may 02:

ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) have been able to distribute emergency shelter to landslide survivors in hard to reach areas in Peru's Apurimac region, thanks to ShelterBox's collaboration with the national Civil Defence Department.

Ruth Mary Huertas Gutierrez is the Community Service Officer in Abancay; a city nestled deep in the southern Andes Mountains; where she has also been working with SRTs to assist in the distribution of ShelterBoxes.

Ruth Mary's work involves visiting far-flung villages and settlements only accessible by 4x4 vehicles. She knows each of the villages intimately, and they know her, often greeting her with hugs. With her work, knowledge and relationships with these isolated communities, the Response Teams have been able to deliver aid to them.

'Ruth Mary picked up on our operation structure and our methods very early on,' said SRT volunteer Graham Henderson (UK). 'She was able to bring us news of families and villages that we wouldn't have heard of if it wasn't for her.'

'It's this kind of relationship that sets ShelterBox apart,' says SRT volunteer Yi Shun Lai (US). 'Miguel, Ruth Mary, and Porfilio have become a critical part of our grassroots network, and we're deeply grateful that ShelterBox's methods of operations allow us to seek out and find such important community members, whether they be official employees of the community or not.'

ShelterBox has distributed 408 ShelterBoxes to Peruvian families made homeless by the recent landslides caused by ongoing heavy rains.

wednesday, april 18:

ShelterBox Response Teams (SRT) have been distributing ShelterBoxes to displaced families in Claveles, a suburb of Lima, and in areas in the Apurimac region called Pumarangio and Cachora.

The heavy rains are making it challenging for the teams to travel around as there are increased risks of landslides. Despite this, the SRTs contunue to assess need and distribute emergency shelter, bringing shelter, warmth and comfort to affected families as well as a new sense of community. 

monday, March 26:

ShelterBoxes are being sent to Peru to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to families who have been made homeless by recent mudslides.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has found a need for emergency shelter in the mountainous areas of Cusco and Apurimac in southeastern Peru. Much of the region has been evacuated but many people remain in the more isolated areas.

SRT members John Cordell (US) and Gary Boe (US) travelled to Abancay, a city in Apurimac District, where a landslide happened on 18 March.

'We arrived in Abancay to find around 150 families homeless after heavy rains on Sunday caused the hillside to let go, which produced a mudslide that buried their homes,' said Gary. 'Our priority is to get emergency shelter to them as soon as possible.'

The SRT is coordinating a response with the national disaster management office, the National Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI), and other officials of the regional area while the ShelterBoxes are being transported there.

monday, march 19:

Heavy rains and landslides have caused extensive damage in the mountainous region of Cuzco in south-eastern Peru, home to the tourist destination of Machu Picchu. Reports say that thousands of people have been made homeless and almost 10,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed.

Local Rotarians met the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) as it arrived in Peru's capital, Lima, on 18 March. They are providing the team with transport and logistical support during the deployment.

Response Team members John Cordell (US) and Gary Boe (US) are meeting with the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), the South American country’s national disaster relief agency, to get the latest information on the ground. back