Scouts take swift action to support emergency relief efforts in Peru
Exceptionally heavy rain the past weeks has brought disaster in Peru. It has caused rivers across the country to overflow, causing floods and mudslides in many areas, destroying farms and buildings. Countless casualties have been reported and thousands of people are now left homeless. Search for survivors and relief efforts for those in need are still ongoing.
These are long and difficult times for Peruvians. The Scouts of Peru (Scouts del Perú) are working day and night to provide support through an operation called “Be prepared”. Scouts of Peru have joined forces with local partners - Norbert Wiener University and Plan International - in this nationwide effort.
A large number of Scout groups across the country have been activated and are now collecting food supplies and clothes in their cities to send over to the national Scout headquarters. Several young Scouts have gathered there to categorise and pack the provisions until the end of this week. They have set up an efficient team system to organise all the donations coming in, and to deliver them to areas of need in the fastest way possible.
Recognising the actions of the Scouts of Peru, the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Ahmad Alhendawi, has reached out to the National Board Chair, Pablo Nieto, and commended the tireless efforts of all the Peruvian Scouts on the ground. Ahmad expressed solidarity and WOSM’s willingness to support the Scouts of Peru in their relief efforts on the ground.