Many people have been injured and many have lost their jobs and livelihoods. Obviously, the government and EU are helping, but many people are still left in real need.
Pastor Mirco writes:
“Last Friday we were able to visit a camp for earthquake victims in Cavezzo in the province of Modena. There was no running water or electricity in this camp.
"Here we met Franca, who is a single mother. When the two very strong quakes happened on the 20th and 29th of May, she found her family and herself in very sad situation. When the first quake hit at 4.10 a.m, her home on the third floor of a new apartment building was badly shaken and in terrible condition.
"Her son, daughter, a four-month-old baby and Franca herself escaped without any serious injuries. The second quake hit the factory where she works; this was badly damaged, and the factory is temporarily closed for 14 weeks.
"Later that day, their apartment collapsed completely and they lost all they had.
"Now they are living in a Camper that somebody leant them. They will have to return it in mid-July, which means from that moment on they will have nowhere to leave in except a tent. The heat inside the tents gets up to over 100°f with over 80% humidity. With a small child, it is impossible to live in these conditions.
"We are asking you if you can help us buy a better camper for Franca and her family until they will have the opportunity to receive a mobile home where they can live next winter.
"Like her are thousands of other families. We realise we cannot help everybody, but at least we can help somebody.”
While normally WorldShare gives help to our partner ministries around the world, at this point we would like to help our supporters group in the Modena region to help those who are in need around them, including Franca.
This will not only provide help for the victims, but also give the small evangelical minority in the region an opportunity to show their care. The emergency has already prompted several churches to work more closely together.