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. At the request of Care Peru 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 much of the tremendous need as possible; managing the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in Piura while simultaneously helping children in Huarmey get back to school.
During the initial four-month response phase from April through July 2017, our teams focused on removing mold from schools and public buildings (we’ve sanitised a hospital, a community centre and a technical college in addition to schools), removing mud from private homes in Huarmey and performing demolition and rubble clearance on unsafe structures.
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Volunteer Reception Center Overview
Initial efforts in Piura were focused on registering and training local volunteers in partnership with Care. We also set up a local distribution center and coordinated relief efforts across multiple organizations.
Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Overview
In just 11 calendar days, we achieved the following:
Students Returned to Class