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San Andrés pupils respond to local disaster
May 09, 2012
On Thursday 5th April 2012, after unseasonal rain in the coastal desert of Perú, several thousands of tons of rocks poured down onto a poor area of Chosica, a town 20 miles inland from Lima, destroying houses and everything in its path.
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When the pupils in Colegio San Andrés heard about this disaster and saw its effects, they decided to do whatever they could to help those who had lost their homes and possessions.
They organised themselves and donated good quality clothing, blankets, and money.
Through a contact in a Christian school in Chosica, which had pupils affected by the disaster, a group of teenaged pupils made the journey on 26th April up into the steep hillsides above the town of Chosica to take their gifts directly to these families.
They also arranged for the purchase and installation of four wooden prefabricated houses which will provide replacement accommodation.
The school’s head teacher is Clive Bailey, from the Ayr congregation, and his wife Ruth also teaches with him.
Mr Bailey said: “The pupils plan to return later this month to see how the families are coping and what further assistance may be required.
“Please pray for those affected by this disaster, and for the ongoing ministry of San Andrés pupils.”
Colegio San Andrés is a mixed nursery, primary and secondary school, right in the heart of Lima, offering a solid Christian education to Peruvian children from the age of 3 to 17.
The Colegio was started by the Free Church in 1917 and has become one of the foremost schools in Peru.
The Free Church continues to provide missionary personnel for the Colegio.
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