Italy, Vincentian help organised after the earthquake
On 24 August, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the centre of Italy, mainly affecting the town of Amatrice and the surrounding area. There were 291 people killed and 400 injured, with 2500 people homeless following the destruction of many buildings and houses.
The Council General of the SSVP, via CIAD (International Commission for Aid and Development), has immediately released and sent a sum of 5000€ under its emergency procedure. Vincentian help is being organised on the ground: the National Council of Italy and its newly-elected President, Antonio Gianfico, are in constant contact with the Presidents of local Conferences.
To meet immediate needs, a collection of clothing, blankets, food, medicines and essential items has been organised, with logistical support from the Italian state civil protection department.
A call for donations has also been made, and a bank account opened to receive funds to be used after long-term needs have been properly assessed. Mobilisation in the days immediately following this kind of catastrophe is often unable to meet the needs that only emerge later on, when the incident is no longer headline news and is forgotten. It is vital to manage medium and long-term help to support reconstruction and help local people to recover something of a normal life.
This is the second major earthquake to strike Italy in the last 10 years. The last one, reaching 6.3 on the Richter, occurred only 45 km away, in Aquila in 2009, destroying in particular a student hostel managed by the SSVP, with 8 victims among the young people. The reconstructed building was officially opened in 2015 (Read the article > Italy: opening of the new Student House at Aquila)
To help the Italian SSVP, you can send your donation to the following bank account:
Bank account :
To: Federazione Nazionale Società di San Vincenzo De Paoli
Consiglio Nazionale Italiano ONLUS Via G. Ziggiotti, 15 – 36100 VICENZA
Object: Terremoto Centro Italia 24 agosto 2016.