Peru has been experiencing catastrophic flooding from heavy rains that even now continue in some of the hardest hit areas. It's being hailed as the worst flooding in coastal Peru in 20 years. In the wake of this flooding, the Holy Cross Mission Center, along with the Holy Cross International Justice Office (HCIJO), is seeking support for the Peru Flooding Emergency Relief Fund.
According to members of the Holy Cross family in Peru, losses have been devastating. And, as is usually the case, persons already vulnerable and marginalized have been most affected. As of March 27, over 90 people had died, nearly 121,000 persons reported injured, and roughly 742,000 had suffered losses. Nearly 165,000 houses were impacted by mudslides. Infrastructure such as highways, bridges, hospitals and educational institutions has been severely damaged or destroyed.
Many of our Holy Cross Religious and their family members living and working in and around Lima, where the Holy Cross Mission is concentrated, were affected. However, we are assured of their safety, and are glad to report that the most significant damage to Holy Cross apostolates has been addressed. Yet, extensive damage still remains adjacent to where our mission is concentrated, and donations will be directed to those areas.
We invite you to stand in solidarity with the people of Peru through prayer and whatever other form of support you can offer. The Holy Cross Mission Center will process any monetary donations you may wish to give. We assure you that 100% of all donations made will be received by those who have been affected by this flooding.
Ways to Give
Make checks or money orders payable to “Holy Cross Mission Center” and write “Peru Emergency Fund” in the memo line. Checks/money orders may be mailed to:
Peru Emergency Fund
Holy Cross Mission Center
P.O. Box 543
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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Gifts to the Holy Cross Mission Center are generally for the purpose of supporting the international mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross. The Holy Cross Mission Center retains the right at all times, to redirect donated funds for any other religious, charitable or educational purposes in accordance with its mission and purpose.)
While no single weather event can be directly attributed to climate change, scientists say that the global trend of rising sea temperatures likely played a part in this phenomenon. To help prevent future climate-related disasters, we encourage you to review to the principles and practices of the Family of Holy Cross Statement on Climate Change.
In praying and providing aid for the Peruvian people, we unite friends, family, benefactors and religious of Holy Cross in a common cause. May this act of solidarity help us to deepen our faith and our sense of connection with one another.
Thank you and God bless.