Tragic Deaths Claim Three ADRA Workers
Tragedies strike families in Bolivia, Peru


eparate, same-day automobile accidents in two South American nations have claimed the lives of three workers for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) along with two children, the agency reported.

Yolanda Mariaca Salazar, the director of administration and finance for ADRA Bolivia, and her husband, Roberto Téllez, unit chief of planning for ADRA Bolivia, were killed in Bolivia on January 2, as they traveled to Chile on vacation. Two of their four children, Paola and Roberto, Jr., were also killed, along with Roberto’s mother. The two surviving children, Carla and Noemi, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and are recovering at a La Paz hospital. The Tellez-Mariaca family funeral service was held in La Paz on Friday, January 4.

In a separate incident, Tania Cutipa, microfinance portfolio manager for the ADRA Peru office in Lima, was also killed Wednesday, near the town of Arequipa, while traveling home after spending the Christmas holiday with family in southern Peru. Her sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew sustained mild to serious injuries and are currently hospitalized. Tania’s funeral, in Arequipa, was also held January 4.

“During this time of loss, our hearts go out to the families, as well as to our colleagues in both Peru and Bolivia,” said Charles Sandefur, president of ADRA International. “The loss of three members of our ADRA family on the same day is a blow felt throughout the ADRA network.”

ADRA is present in 125 countries, providing community development and emergency management without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, or ethnicity.

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