Special Appeal: Indigenous Communities in Peru Face Food Emergency After Flooding

May 13, 2016
Photo credit: CHIRAPAQ

More than 1,000 people are facing food shortages in Northern Peru after the Cachiyacu River flooded and destroyed their crops on April 27, 2016. The most serious consequence of the flooding has been the destruction of cassava crops of the indigenous Shawi families, and The Hunger Project’s partner organization in Peru, Chirapaq, estimates that there will continue to be a shortage of food for the coming months. The region of the Shawi, in the Balsapuerto District in the Loreto region, has not yet been included in the Peruvian government’s declaration of a state of emergency

Though humanitarian aid kits have been distributed to some of the affected families, these will last a few days, and do not meet the long-term needs resulting from this loss of crops.

In Peru, The Hunger Project works with the Shawi community via Chirapaq. Chirapaq is requesting special funds to support the reconstruction of seven of our partner communities affected by the flood: Puerto Libre, Nueva Esperanza, Santa Rita, Buenos Aires, New Light, San Lorenzo and San Jose. Chirapaq seeks to support those who have completely lost their homes and crops, who have children under the age of 5, and elders who do not have family members to look after them.

Your special investment will support 250 families, our Hunger Project partners, with tools, materials and small animals, to provide eggs and meat.

Though The Hunger Project does not engage in emergency response, we do stand in solidarity with our partner communities, with whom we are already working, when they face such crises. We invite you to make an investment in this special appeal.

This crisis underscores the critical need for our continued work throughout rural communities worldwide to promote resilience for communities to manage such crises in the future.

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