Caritas Appeals for $11 Million for Quake Victims

ROME, AUG. 21, 2007 ( The Caritas Confederation has launched an appeal for over $11 million to help victims of last week’s earthquake in Peru.

“The situation is still quite difficult for survivors,” said Jorge LaFosse, secretary-general of Caritas Peru. “We’re still getting strong aftershocks, so it makes the work quite nerve-racking and difficult to carry out.”

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, the president of Caritas Internationalis, said he called “upon the generosity of all the members of the Caritas Confederation to ensure that Caritas Peru receives the necessary resources to help those who are suffering most in that country.”

“My prayers are with all the Peruvian people in this period of recovery after living through the earthquake,” the cardinal said.

Caritas Peru is currently assisting more than 10,000 families by providing food, clean water, clothing, medicine and other basic necessities.

LaFosse indicated that the scale of the emergency is much graver than is generally being reported.

He said that “Caritas will be increasing the original appeal in the next week to 10 days, since we expect the cost of reconstruction will far surpass the amount we initially estimated.”