The state of Ica 2-1/2 years later; told by Sergio

This is my translation.  For Serio’s account in Spanish continue reading.

A note about these entries:  I, Krystiana, am translating Sergio’s words.  Some of it is not an exact translation as I try to put it into language that someone who has not been to Ica, and doesn’t know the family, will understand better.  Ica is the main city and Guadalupe is a suburb.  But don’t think about them as you might an American city/suburb.  Guadalupe, even before the earthquake, was dirt roads and poorly constructed buildings.  My worry, and the main reason for starting this blog, is that the poor construction will continue.  And if it does, the next earthquake will wipe them all out again.  Please visit www.buildchange.org and encourage them to go to Peru.

Regarding houses:

This entry is about what happened to my aunt Fanny’s house (note from Krystiana:  Fanny is my husband’s cousin, Sergio is his other cousin Julisa’s son, and Fanny “grandmother” is the head of that family)

My grandmother, Fanny Matta de Garrido’s house:  The second floor of this house (just having been rebuilt recently),  collapsed downward and to the west onto the garage of the house next door – my aunt’s house – crushing the rented car that my uncle Oscar (husband of my aunt Fanny, daughter of Fanny Matta de Garrido) had been using to go to work.

My aunt Fanny’s house:  On the first floor, the bedroom behind the living room was ruined as the roof collapsed down into it; falling onto my aunt’s bed.  They still have not been able to rebuild that room – where my cousin Veronica slept with her son.  A neighbor offered them a temporary 12 x 12 square foot shack for Veronica and her 9 year old son to live in.  The problem with this is that now, in summer, it is raining a lot and the water gets trapped on the flat roof of this shack.  Also, it is extremely hot; there’s no air conditioning.

I’m sending pictures (attached into this blog post) of my aunt Fanny’s house, mine, and others in Guadalupe.

Regarding schools:

My school in Ica, where my sister Olenka goes also, wasn’t too badly damaged and so after a while we were able to resume classes.  The school where my cousins Tamara and Antony go, however, was a lot older and was completely damaged.  The students there were not able to return until very recently so Tamara and Antony went to a much smaller school in Guadalupe in the interim.  This school was also in ruins.  This year they’ve gone back to the school in Ica but there’s still danger as the building has not been completely rebuilt so in 2011 they will try to change schools yet again.

In Guadalupe they are rebuilding the main plaza.  I will send pictures when they are finished.

Regarding Government Assistance:

There are still long lines at the government’s buildings in Ica daily.  People are lined up to request and re-apply (it apparently takes more than one application to get any attention) for the most basic housing assistance.  There is a model of a studio apartment sized brick (not adobe) home available, but the government still has not given out money for the people to start building these.  Sergio says here that his parents, and his aunt Fanny, line up daily to receive what he says would be a “wonderful thing”. 

Hola nuevamente tía Christy, escribe Sergio, tu sobrino.

Hoy te voy comentar sobre lo que paso con la casa de mi tía Fanny.

Cuando fue el terremoto las paredes a medio construir del segundo piso de la casa de mama Fanny se cayeron y aplastaron el carro alquilado en el que trabajaba mi tío Oscar (el esposo de mi tía Fanny). Luego, colapso un cuarto que estaba entre la sala de mi tía y su habitación, su dormitorio quedo con el techo sobre la cama.

Hasta ahora no ha podido construir ese cuarto, un vecino le ofreció un modulo de lona para que habiten ahí, mi tía acepto. Lo malo es que ahora en verano, llueve mucho y se empoza el agua en el techo de lona, ademas hace mucho calor quema demasiado, en ese modulo que es de 4×4 habitan Veronica hija de mi tia Fanny, Sandro 9 años, nieto de mi tia Fanny, y porsupuesto hijo de Veronica.

Ademas te envio fotos de lo comentado en casa de mi tia Fanny, tambien de mi casa derrumbada y de algunas casas del pueblo de Guadalupe.

Mi colegio y el de Olenka, gracias a Dios no se daño demasiado y pudimos en poco tiempo retomar las clases, pero el colegio de Tamara y Antony se destruyo demasiado era muy antiguo y no pudieron estudiar sino hasta este año, ellos felizmente fueron reubicados por sus padres en un colegio de Guadalupe pero tambien estaba deteriorado es por ello que ya regresaron este año a su antiguo colegio que ha sido adecuado pero el peligro no cesa y estan pensando para el 2011 cambiarse de local.

En Guadalupe se esta reconstruyendo su plaza de armas, te enviare fotos cuando este terminada.

A pesar de las inmensas colas que aun se forman para reinscribirse y tener ayuda del gobierno para vivir al menos en un modulo de 30 metros cuadrados y de material noble, el gobierno aun no da la entrega de dinero para ser ejecutados, yo te mantendre al tanto de ello ya que mis padres se amanecen tambien al igual que mi tia Fanny para obtener esa maravilla.

Gracias por leer mis comentarios me motiva mucho la atencion que ponen en lo que envio pero disculpen la demora de los envios pero escapa de mi voluntad.

Saludos, Sergio Dennis Ascencio Garrido