March 29, 2017 to Present / Las Lomas, Peru
Widespread flooding and severe rains in Peru began intensifying towards the beginning of February 2017 – this was as a result if The Coastal El Niño Phenomenon. Increased rains lead to landslides, overflowing rivers, flash-floods and mud-flows in 24 of the country’s 25 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 and Yapatera, Piura to rebuild schools damaged by the disaster.
After four months of working with the community to remove mud, mould 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, construction of our first permanent school in Peru began on August 1, 2017; we have since completed this school and been able to commence work on other schools in this region.
Operations have now begun in the Afro Peruvian community of Yapatera Municipality, Piura. We will focus on 2 schools initially, working on their WaSH facilities, retaining walls and respective repairs. These schools will impact 147 students, allowing them to go back to a safe learning environment before the school year starts in 2018.
All Hands Volunteers has been working to not only rebuild schools but to help restore and renew the affected regions through several projects; these have included English lessons for children, English lessons within the Yapatera Municipality, inviting community members to volunteer, Little Dreams craft and entertainment evening and performing Women’s Worth sessions to empower women in the community.
Please donate today, in order to allow us to continue helping those affected by the disaster!