July 07 2015

Macdesa Mining Village Devastated by Fire

We love sharing with you the stories of how the mines we work with are developing and improving, and the difference the Fairtrade premium makes to their communities.

But with a close partnership, we share the highs as well as the lows. So we are standing with the community at MACDESA as they deal with the aftermath of a terrible fire which swept through their village on Saturday afternoon, destroying over 90% of the houses including the school.

Thankfully there were no serious injuries reported as the village evacuated quickly, but now 300 people including 100 children are sheltering in the church or remaining houses. Local villages and facilities from the mine are providing water, catering and emergency provisions. Classes have been cancelled due to the destruction of the school.

This photo shows the extent of the damage - the black areas are the charred remains of buildings

The mine, located 600km south of Lima in Peru, has worked hard over the past 2 years to reach Fairtrade accreditation in May 2015, but are now facing more hardship with the rebuilding of the village.

Cred has set up a fundraising page in partnership with charity The CRED foundation to raise £25,000 towards rebuilding the school and replacing destroyed facilities, including the library, kitchens, food store, computers and music room with instruments. The photo below shows a boy holding the charred remains of a trumpet.

If you would like to donate, then please visit the JustGiving page at http://bit.ly/helpmacdesa. All of the donations will go directly to MACDESA.

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