Children receive socio-emotional support after damage caused by rains and floods

  • June 13, 2023
  • Area: Climate change and DRM, Health and nutrition, Humanitarian aid, Protection
  • More than 200 families received humanitarian aid thanks to Save the Children and Google

After the mudslides in Lima last March, girls, boys and their families lost homes and even relatives. Children were forced to adapt to adverse situations in a short time. In this scenario, Save the Children managed to distribute socio-emotional support kits for children affected by the rains and floods.

“When the river rose, they evacuated us, it was forbidden to live in that place,” says Daniel*, 8 years old.

In order to help them cope with the emergency, socio-emotional support materials called “Let’s explore how we feel”, aimed at children from 4 to 7 years old, and “SuperArte”, aimed at children aged 7, were distributed. to 11 years. With these resources, girls and boys can recognize their emotions and learn more about self-care.

These materials were delivered to 55 boys and girls affected by these climatic events in the districts of Ancón and Carabayllo, along with school supplies, attachment toys, puzzles, balls, and board games according to age.

“Our concern for children makes us think about the process that girls and boys face during and after emergencies. For this reason, our intervention has addressed these spaces with girls and boys, as well as materials that provide socio-emotional support”, commented Esteban Fernández, Lima Territorial Coordinator, Save the Children.

As part of our commitment to promote the participation of girls and boys, we collected their opinions, an activity was also carried out to listen to the experiences that they have as a result of the climate emergency.

In addition, more than 200 affected families in the districts of Ancón, Carabayllo, San Martín de Porres, Lurigancho-Chosica, received humanitarian aid in safe water and hygiene. This makes it possible to guarantee hydration and adequate nutrition for girls and boys and their families.

The safe water kits consist of purifying tablets, buckets and jugs, and the hygiene kits include personal hygiene and cleaning supplies, as well as buckets and mosquito nets, mainly to prevent diseases such as dengue and Zika.

“The help they are giving us is very good. If we run out of gas, they give us the solution to have water. In an emergency, we don’t have a way to buy gas to have water,” said Paola Martínez, a citizen of San Martín de Porres.

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