Humanitarian response to the Amazon emergency

  • Region: Amazonas, Cajamarca
  • Donor: Save the Children, Start Fund, Humanitarian Fund
  • Period: Diciembre 2021 to April 2022
  • Area: Climate change and DRM, Education, Health and nutrition, Humanitarian aid, Protection

ABOUT THE PROJECT

On November 28, 2021, at 05:52 a 7.5 M earthquake was reported by the National Seismology Center of Peru. The epicenter was located 98 km east of Santa María de Nieva, capital of the province of Condorcanqui, in Amazonas.

As a consequence of the earthquake, other subsequent natural events occurred that affected the communities whose areas are characterized by being difficult to access, where 46% of the population already lived in poverty before the events. It is estimated that some 900 affected families remain extremely vulnerable due to the continuation of natural disasters.

The purpose of the intervention is to attend to the most urgent and unmet needs of the population. Some of the actions to be implemented will be the transfer of cash to the affected families; acquisition and distribution of urgent water and sanitation infrastructures; friendly spaces in shelters and psychosocial support for children; advice to the Education Board in Emergencies to ensure rehabilitation of schools and continuity of learning, acquisition and immediate distribution of non-food items, as well as the implementation of safe spaces for nursing mothers.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

The proposed project aims to respond to the unmet needs of 440 affected families, which will make it possible to meet the urgent and unmet needs in terms of food, hygiene and protection.

Intervention will take place in Amazonas in the provinces of Utcubamba, Bagua and Chachapoyas; likewise, in the province of Jaén belonging to the Cajamarca region.

PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Protection: Establishment of urgent referral mechanisms for unaccompanied children and friendly spaces in shelters and psychosocial support for children.
  • Education: Advice to the Board of Education in Emergencies to ensure the rehabilitation of schools and continuity of learning; as well as friendly spaces for the resumption of virtual and face-to-face classes.
  • Livelihoods: Acquisition and immediate distribution of non-food items.
  • WASH: The acquisition and distribution of urgent water and sanitation infrastructure in displacement camps will reduce the health risk and the spread of COVID-19.
  • Nutrition: Safe spaces for nursing mothers.
  • Cash Transfer: Provide a quick and efficient cash transfer mechanism to families and individuals in need to protect their well-being.

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