Local woman raising money for Peruvians – Ontario News

Local woman raising money for Peruvians – Ontario News

BELLEVILLE –  With recent flooding and heavy rain in Peru, many people have lost their homes.

Peruvian-Canadian Carla Calmes wants to try and change that, by raising money through a Peruvian charity.

A not-for-profit organization, the Asociacion Stella Maris helps those who are most in need. Due to mudslides and floods, many families need drinkable water, food, tents, medicines and much more.

Calmes said all money raised will go directly to the charity and volunteers will distribute supplies to those who need them.

“Complete cities have been destroyed,” said Calmes. “We want to make sure all funds raised go to the people.”

Calmes said she’s already sent some money down to her sister who volunteers with the organization. In many cases the volunteers will make care packages to be handed out to the families.

The northern part of the country is most affected by the floods, and many people have already been evacuated. The military has been moving supplies all over the country.

“The whole country is in uproar now,” Calmes said. Watching a video of a water filtration plant, she added that the systems set up there were never built to handle so much water.

Calmes said she feels a need to help. Even though she left Peru years ago, she said she still considers it her country.

“I have a lot of respect for the people down there,” she said. “When you see a disaster touch the people close to you, there’s no way you can’t do something to help.”

Calmes said she is appealing to the people in this area to help as much as they can. Even the smallest donation can help. She added that she wants to alleviate as much…

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