March 29, 2017 to Present / Las Lomas, Peru
Widespread flooding and severe rains in Peru began intensifying towards the beginning of February 2017 and leading to landslides, floods, flashfloods and mud flows in 24 of the 25 affected regions. An estimated 1.2M people were 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. Our program has moved into the recovery phase and we have been working near Las Lomas to rebuild schools damaged by the disaster.
ALL HANDS VOLUNTEERS AT WORK
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.
Our recovery program has been operating near Las Lomas, Piura. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and partners, the construction of our first permanent school in Peru began on August 1, 2017 and are set to wrap up construction by the end of October.
FLOOD RESPONSE RESULTS (APRIL-JULY 10 2017)
FLOOD RECOVERY RESULTS (JULY 11-PRESENT 2017)
Please donate today or apply to volunteer, in order to allow us to continue helping those affected by the disaster!