Archive for January, 2013

UPDATE – December 15, 2012

Jon Ross on Jan 11th 2013

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With so much tragedy in the news last week, you may not have seen that a category 3 cyclone (“sustained hurricane winds of 120 mph and extreme destruction”) devastated Samoa—including our little canoe village of Matafa’a.

cyclone evan (pacific ocean hurricane) sitting on top of samoa

I finally was able to contact them yesterday.  Nobody was hurt and the canoes survived, but most of the houses and gardens were destroyed and the villagers lost most of their possessions and clothing.  Ten families are living in the church.  The entire island will be without electricity for months.

I will be going to help in mid-January—bringing a generator, water purification system, building tools, and donated clothing.  Already, a wonderful company called LifeSaver USA has donated one of their revolutionary water filtration systems.  Thanks to them and David Sisneros!
If you are near Los Angeles, please collect any summer-type clothes for me to bring—children and adult sizes: t-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, lightweight pants, lightweight dresses, sandals, baseball caps, towels, etc.
And if you can spare a financial donation, I will make sure it goes toward helping them in the most efficient and appropriate manner.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Jon

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Peru – December 7, 2012

Jon Ross on Jan 3rd 2013

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Happy Holidays.

I am back from setting up the next MicroAid projects in Peru. (A special thanks to Nick Nelson, Melissa Burns, Chelsey Marsing, and the Pepperdine consultants for their research.)

As you know, more than 25,000 people lost their homes to the floods in 2010.

town of huacarpay flooded in 2010

This situation is especially poignant in light of our own recent disaster in the Northeast.  Unlike the U.S., though, where we have a reasonable disaster response—with many organizations funded, staffed, and able to help—in the Sacred Valley in Peru, the survivors have no recourse whatsoever.  Years later, many families are still in need—living in makeshift houses or relief tents.

living in a tent since 2010

In a few months, after the rainy season, MicroAid will rebuild houses for two families and prepare two others against future floods.  In the upcoming months, I will be coordinating with the local builders, and raising the money to complete the constructions.

It will cost about $12,500 to build each simple house, and another $10,000 to prepare the others against future disaster.  All in all, with  $35,0000 we can help four families—more than 50 people—get back to living productive and dignified lives.  The adults can spend their time working to support their families and the kids can have a decent place to sleep and do their homework.

So please, in this season of sharing, make a donation to MicroAid part of your year-end charitable giving.  Any amount will help.

http://www.microaidinternational.org/donate.php

Through MicroAid, we are truly having a positive impact on people’s lives—directly, responsibly, and efficiently.  Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Wishing you a happy holiday season, and all the best in the new year.

Cheers,

Jon

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