sponsor a child

Noemi and the flood

14 children rescued after 12 hours trapped by flooding in Peru.


Rescued by flooding in Peru

The boat was made out of big oil bottles and wood. It was crudely fashioned but the homemade lifeboat was their only hope of rescue from the flood

On March 27, the rivers in northern Peru broke their banks after weeks of rain, flooding vast areas especially in the Piura region. In the middle of rising flood waters, 14 children and two tutors from a local Compassion project became trapped on two roofs next to each other. They couldn’t swim and rescue teams couldn’t reach them.

Noemi was one of the tutors and she remembers, “I was very scared because the water grew very fast. I took nine children with me and their mums. We don’t know how to swim, so we climbed on the roofs saving our children first. It was a desperate moment because the help didn’t arrived and our children were crying.


But I never lost my hope because my almighty God is faithful and I knew He would come to rescue us.


They were still trapped as the sun set, forcing them to spend the night exposed to the elements. On Tuesday morning, the floodwaters dropped slightly. Three men from the community and the local partnership facilitator made a boat out of big oil bottles and wood. They paddled to the roof where the children and tutors were and rescued them.

Rescue in peru

The rest of the community evacuated the area with parents carrying children in buckets and pans. Government agencies reached affected areas and continued the evacuation. Praise God these children were able to be rescued and reunited with their families. Thank you to everyone who prayed with us during this time and who donated to rebuild homes and livelihoods after the floods.

Around 700,000 people lost their homes and 94 people died from the floods. In the aftermath, Compassion has provided affected children and their families with food, mosquito nets, water, medicine, clothing and sheets of plastic to temporarily cover their homes. Water pumps have also been distributed to help facilitate the removal of water from homes and buildings.

Destruction in Peru

Yahayra is a Compassion-supported child who has been impacted. “I feel very sad because we have always lived here and seeing my house destroyed, my bedroom, my bed destroyed, it breaks my heart but we must go on. We can’t do anything now; I love my family and I prefer having my family safe. Thank God, we have a place to be safe for the moment and that’s my project.”

In the midst of tragedy, stories of hope often keep us going. But the road to rebuild communities is a long one. Families will need emotional support as they process the loss of their homes and their loved ones. Whole communities have been moved until the waters recede.

There is a lot of work to be done. It will be hard and it will take time, but we stand in faith that these communities will be restored.



WORDS : Betsy Grandez, Roz Walsh

PHOTOS : Betsy Grandez


Article Comments

ARTICLE COMMENTS

Leave a comment

Leave A Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

MORE STORIES FOR YOU

10Jul

“I Thank God For He Gives Me Life”

One 10-year-old’s testimony of overcoming leukaemia.


20Jun

Thai Cave Rescue Latest: Life is Bright One Year Later

One year on from the dramatic Thailand cave rescue, discover how life has changed for Adun.


, ,

12Jun

A Future Free From Child Labour

Rescued from the field and restored to the classroom.


10May

How To Use Amazon Smile and Give As You Live

Did you know your everyday purchases could help end extreme poverty?


, ,

22Apr

Your Free Prayer Journal Templates

Be encouraged in your prayer life with this collection of free prayer journal templates.


,

26Mar

Cyclone Idai: Pray With Us

Please pray for all those who’ve lost loved ones and livelihoods in Cyclone Idai.


,

25Mar

Updated: Flash Floods In Indonesia

Please pray urgently for one child from our child sponsorship programme who is currently missing in Indonesia.


, ,

22Mar

30 Photos That Will Help You Appreciate Your Tap and Toilet

We’re sharing 30 striking water photos that made us think twice about wasting water.


12Mar

Flooding In North And Central Peru: Pray With Us

Our Compassion office in Peru has confirmed that 426 Compassion-supported children have been affected.


,

Nov2018

Give Thanks for a Miracle in Guatemala

Praise God that Yefri has made a full recovery.


, ,

Oct2018

Update: Earthquake in Haiti: Pray With Us

As of today, all of our church partners in northern Haiti have resumed project activities and children have returned to school.


, ,

Oct2018

Update: Flooding Caused By Hurricane Michael: Pray With Us

Hurricane Michael has caused widespread flooding across Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.


, , ,