Save the Children inaugurated 2 mobile libraries that will benefit 13 thousand people in North Lima
Last thursday, Save the Children inaugurated two mobile libraries called BIBLIO BARRIOS, which will contribute to strengthening knowledge and improving the capacity to respond to disaster or emergency situations in children, adolescents and their families in the districts of Ancón and Santa Rosa, benefiting around thirteen thousand people. The inauguration consisted of a Community Fair in which municipal authorities of Ancón and Santa Rosa participated, representatives of the Municipal Association of Lima North, representatives of the Regional Directorate of Education of Metropolitan Lima; as well as more than 90 children, adolescents and adults.
The event was also attended by Victoria Ward, Save the Children’s Regional Director for Latin America; and Verónica Valdivieso, Country Director of Save the Children in Peru. In addition, Fabiola Vergara Rodríguez, Institutional Head of the National Library of Peru, participated in the activity and expressed her support for the initiative, providing technical advice for the sustainability of the BIBLIO BARRIOS.
People on the fair enjoyed educational and recreational activities where they learned about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction (RRD). Among them, the live presentation of a puppet show called “The Super Family of the RRD”, which reflected in a simple way the specialized theme of Disaster Risk Reduction to ensure that children and adolescents know how to react in an alert situation. In addition, 3 murals were painted where children and adolescents applied their creativity and drew themes related to risk reduction that takes into account everyone within the communities.
“This inauguration would not have been possible without the support of the more than 20 community leaders who were fully involved in this activity. They and they committed and were very enthusiastic about the previous works. This is a sample of the joint work, which reflects the community’s interest in childhood”, said Esteban Fernández, Project Coordinator.
The BIBLIO BARRIOS will operate from monday to saturday and will be present in the 25 human settlements in Ancón and Santa Rosa with which Save the Children has been working. Likewise, through the accompaniment of the RRD Community Committees of each district, the mobile libraries will establish their visiting routes and their opening hours.
About the project
The BIBLIO BARRIOS are part of the activities of the project “Strengthening Inclusive Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction in Lima North”, financed by BHA / USAID. This seeks to strengthen the technical and strategic capacities of the local governments and communities of the municipalities of Ancón and Santa Rosa in Lima North in order to promote the planning, management and implementation of inclusive strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction with a focus on protection of children.