Notes from Sergio April 2010

This, as well as most of the rest of this blog, is written by a young nephew in Spanish (translated by me into English) regarding the situation of the earthquake victims of Peru.  Keep the compassion alive – victims don’t recover when the world has forgotten them…

 Everyone is well here in Ica.  Nothing much has changed, especially the Luren church, but we will keep trying to meet our objective of getting it rebuilt back to its original condition.

 The tremors are less frequent now.  Some of the schools here have been rebuilt, although others are still in ruins – just like the majority of houses.  Many families still live in tents or makeshift huts made of plywood.

 There are a large number of families in Guadalupe (suburb of Ica) that still live in tents – including the family that lives across the street from my grandmother (the house that Krystiana was in during the earthquake in 2007 with the family).  Most people have managed to get at least a small plywood shelter to protect their children from the sun or the nighttime cold.

 The government has put up temporary structures (30 square meters / 330 square feet) with bathrooms and multi purpose rooms for the population to use. 

 There are still many families that have not been able to comply with the government’s requirements (more information in later blog entries) to rebuild their houses.  My family is one of those that cannot comply.  We are lucky enough to have shelter in our extended family’s house and we continue to wait for the longed for reconstruction.  We hope that the government will revise the way that they give out the money from the Vivienda Fund and help us, as well as many more that are in our situation.

Sergio Ascencio – April 2010.  Translation by Krystiana, with a reminder that this note comes almost 3 years after the earthquake occurred.

Hola tía:
Todos estamos muy bien aquí en Ica, aquí las cosas siguen igual(en especial la iglesia de Luren), pero aún así seguimos luchando para conseguir nuestro objetivo.

Los temblores ya son menos continuos y algunos colegios han sido reconstruidos, otros aún siguen en ruinas al igual que la mayoría de casas que se cayeron, incluso continuan familias viviendo en carpas o modulos de triplay(material de madera). 

Te Contaré, hay un gran número de familias en Guadalupe que continuan viviendo en carpas.

Los más cercanos son los de la cuadra donde vive mamá Fanny, al frente de su casa, aunque la mayoría han logrado hacer una pequeña habitación para cubrir a sus niños del sol o del frío en las noches.

El gobierno ha hecho algunos módulos de 30 metros cuadrados confoados por un ambiente multiusos y baño.

Hay muchas familias que no han logrado cubrir los exigentes requisitos que solicita el fondo mi vivienda y entre ellos esta mi familia que si bien es cierto tenemos la suerte de estar en un departamento, pero continuamos a la espera de la construcción de ese ansiado módulo, esperemos que el gobierno reconsidere y nos ayude a nuestra familia y a varias más que estan en esa situación. 

Saludos, Sergio Ascencio.