Widespread flooding and severe rains in Peru began intensifying towards the beginning of February 2017; this lead to landslides, floods, flashfloods and mud flows in 24 of the 25 affected regions. An estimated 1.2M people have been impacted and 2457 schools damaged or destroyed. On 22 March, 2017, our immediate response team began assessing conditions in the Eastern region of Peru, and identified a great need for assistance in the town of Huarmey, where countless homes and schools were found to be filled with up to one meter of mud. After four months working working with the community to remove mud, mold and debris from homes and schools, we shifted our focus to the longer term need of rebuilding schools – the basic hub of every community. As part of our “Back to School Peru” initiative in partnership with Happy Hearts Fund, our goal is to get 2,000 kids back to school in the next year. The work includes cleaning out the existing schools of mud and debris and constructing temporary learning centers. Learn more about “Back to School Peru” here.
What: Peru Flood Response
Where: Huarmey, Peru
When: March 29, 2017 to Present
We are currently transitioning to our long-term recovery program near Las Lomas, Piura. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners, the construction of our first permanent school in Peru begins on August 1, 2017.
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