Silver Spring, MD, September 03, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- August 15, 2007 brought much destruction to the southern coast of Peru, when an 8.0 magnitude earthquake resulted in over 500 confirmed deaths, and the destruction of hundreds of thousands of homes. With a rapid response to this devastating tragedy, Humanity First USA deployed a first response team within days after the earthquake struck.
Humanity First’s deployment of the Peru Relief Team continues to bring attention to the villages of Chincha, Ica, and Pesco, where there has been a lack of media coverage and a desperate shortage of food, clothing, medical supplies, and housing. In the past week, the Relief Team has distributed two tons of food consisting of rice, lentils, canned foods, milk, and water. It is estimated that this food will serve approximately 500 people.
The Humanity First Response Team returned to the United States on August 28, 2007. “Seeing the devastation in person and providing the support needed was a very fulfilling experience” said one of the volunteers upon his return from the relief mission. In a statement by Humanity First Executive Director, Munum Naeem, he thanked the members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Maryland for providing volunteers who completed this mission in a joint effort with the local Peruvian community. He mentioned that Humanity First USA will continue to support the relief efforts in Peru by utilizing the strong ties created with local Peruvian NGOs. Humanity First is currently formulating a plan to build 100 shelters with the capacity to accommodate approximately 500 earthquake victims.
Humanity First, USA (http://www.humanityfirst.org), a 501(c) 3- registered charity, is the US chapter of Humanity First International (http://www.humanityfirst.org.uk), which was established in the early 1990's to restore disaster-stricken and under-developed and vulnerable communities around the globe. Humanity First USA is a leading non-profit relief organization whose board of directors, management team, and project staff running day-to-day operations are all unpaid volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds including business, healthcare, and education. As of today Humanity First has expanded to 24 countries worldwide.