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Heavy rains impact CFCA communities in Peru

January 29, 2010

LIMA, Peru — Severe storms destroyed the homes of three sponsored children in the Peruvian department of Cusco.

Fania Carnero, interim CFCA project coordinator in Lima, reported that two CFCA communities in the district of Sicuani have been impacted by heavy rains. CFCA’s Hope for a Family programs in Sicuani are based at a school for children with special needs and at a home for the aging. Both buildings withstood the storms, and sponsored children and aging members are safe, Carnero said.

The project is in the process of assessing needs of the families, said Sarah Marquart, project specialist at CFCA's international headquarters.

“The staff is visiting all of the families,” Marquart said. “So far, they have found three families whose homes have been destroyed by the heavy rains that have been falling for many days.”

The Peruvian Times reported that a state of emergency was declared in Peru’s Cusco and Apurimac departments as heavy rains and mudslides pound the southern Andean region. The rainfall is the heaviest the region has seen in 15 years, the Times reported.

Please join the CFCA community in keeping all those affected by the storms in your thoughts and prayers.

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