4.4 magnitude earthquake in Andahuaylillas, Peru leave rural community in need of support.

In the morning hours of Tuesday, April 30th, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck the district of Andahuaylillas, located in the province of Quispicanchi, Cusco. This initial quake caused significant damage to buildings in the area and an estimated 50+ aftershocks in the following days have further complicated the situation. 

While no casualties are reported, news sources in Peru indicate that the quakes have caused significant material damages in the area including Church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, often referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’, which was built by the Jesuits from 1570 to 1606.  As of May 8th, the Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency in the Quispicanchi Province, due to the series of earthquakes that have affected the localities of Andahuaylillas, Huaro, Lucre and Urcos. This measure will have a duration of 60 days and, importantly, has closed schools in the area. 


Situation on the ground:

Through Fe y Alegria International (FIFyA) and our partners at Fe y Alegría Perú, we have learned that the Colegio San Ignacio – Fe y Alegría N* 44 in Andahuaylillas has suffered extensive structural damage. The INDECI (National Institute of Civil Defense), responsible for risk and disaster management, has officially declared the school unfit for use due to the potential danger it poses to students until necessary repairs are completed. As a result, more than 840 students will have to return to remote learning even if the state of emergency is lifted. 

At the same time, many homes in the area have been damaged. Fe y Alegría Perú has indicated that 102 families in the area are in need of tents for temporary shelter. While the local government is responding to immediate needs, the school community has reached out for assistance from the international community. 


What Can You Do?

Magis Americas is seeking immediate donations so that we may provide support to the Fe y Alegría community in their time of need. Your donation can provide vital relief to those grappling with the aftermath of the earthquake. Partnering with Fe y Alegría Perú, your support will directly address the needs of the community and hasten the return to in-person school for the children.

Visit our donation page to contribute towards rebuilding lives and restoring hope for the affected families and students in Peru. Your generosity will make a tangible difference in their journey towards recovery.

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