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. As flooding and heavy rainfall continues, 101 people have been killed to date and an estimated 950,000 people have been affected or displaced from their homes. On 22 March, 2017, our immediate response team began assessing conditions in the Eastern region of Peru, and identified 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. At the request of Care Perú and other local entities, our immediate assistance was also required in the coordination of volunteers in the city of Piura, resulting in us taking a two-pronged approach in order to meet as many of the tremendous needs as possible: managing the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in Piura while simultaneously operating in the town of Huarmey to return children to school by building temporary learning centers.
Given the urgent need, we have officially launched a response program to focus on cleaning out affected homes, doing demolition on unsafe structures, constructing temporary learning centers, and mold sanitation in local schools.
In Piura and Trujillo, we focused on the most immediate needs by collaborating with the Peruvian Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP) to help coordinate local volunteer interest. The response was overwhelming – with over 12,000 applicants in a mere two weeks. At the request of CARE Perú and with their support and that of private companies, All Hands Volunteers mobilized their assessment team and, through MIMP, began doing what we ultimately do best – coordinating volunteer efforts in an active natural disaster zone.
We also have a team working on the town of Huarmey. Ultimately, our focus there will be on 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.
IF YOU ARE IN PIURA and available to help, go to the Volunteer Reception Center (Real Plaza, Av Sanchez Cerro 234, Piura) to register – opening hours are 9am to 8pm, daily.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP IN HUARMEY, you can apply to VOLUNTEER HERE.
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