Our Affiliate sisters and brothers in Peru need our support. Patty Barneond de Garcia-Tres, Board liaison to Latin America, and I have been in contact with Affiliate Chapter members in Lima (Carlos Apcho, María Matias & Alberto Bailetti) and in Arequipa (María Farfán, Peru’s Regional Coordinator) about the devastation (loss of lives and edifices due to flooding and landslides) throughout a good part of the country. They have asked for our prayers.
Affiliate Chapters there have mobilized to help out wherever they can. Many of the Affiliates helping are poor themselves and have suffered significant loses. Still, as they said to Patty and I in December of 2014 when we met with the Lima chapters in Pamplona Alta at the parish of San Francisco, “We are the poor helping the more poor.” (Somos los pobres apoyando a los mas pobres)
Patty and I have been in contact with Dave Schaffner to see if, in addition to our solidarity in prayer, we might consider a very short-term-one-time campaign to raise funds from among Affiliates who are willing and able to provide some financial support. Dave very much favored our reaching out in this way.
If you (as a Chapter or an individual) would like to provide some financial support (any amount - $10, $25, $100...) please do the following:
Write the check to Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and put Peru Affiliates in the memo line.
Send the check to:
c/o Nancy Kleppel
PO Box 305
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0305
Thank you for your prayers and, if you are able, for your donations to help