On this day 12 years ago, residents of Italy’s mountainous Abruzzo region were woken up by a devastating earthquake that shook the very foundations of their lives. The magnitude 6.3 quake resulted in 308 deaths, more than 1,500 injured and the displacement of 65,000 people. At the University of L’Aquila, administration buildings and residence halls collapsed, with eight students dying in just one dormitory.
We will never forget April 6, 2009.
In response to the tragedy, the NIAF Abruzzo Relief Fund raised nearly $800,000 for relief efforts, while a public-private partnership between NIAF and the State Department helped bring 52 displaced University of L’Aquila students to the United States to continue their studies at American universities. NIAF was chosen by the U.S. State Department to lead this initiative.
For 46 years, with your support, NIAF has answered the call to help our brothers and sisters in both Italy and the United States: https://bit.ly/2wodHmM.
To help the Foundation continue its mission and answer the call for relief missions, join NIAF today.