- Dates: October 2018 – October 2019.
- Beneficiaries: 1305 people, 290 households.
- Location: Districts of La Arena y La Unión, Piura (Perú).
- Sectors of intervention: Water and Sanitation, Education, Community areas.
The Piura Project aims to improve the living conditions of communities affected by the “El Niño Costero” phenomenon of 2017. It is a climatic phenomenon that triggers heavy rains causing overflows, floods and landslides in the places it occurs. In 2017, it affected many communities in Peru, especially in the province of Piura.
The official reports of Indeci (National Institute of Civil Defense) indicate a total of 101 deaths, 353 injured, 19 missing, 141,000 victims and almost one million affected nationwide from December 2016 to March 2017.
GROWTH wants to support the communities that were left without aid to recover from the consequences of this catastrophe. Our mission is to support these affected communities so that they can, not only improve their living conditions, but also find the strength and hope to work on a common project.
OUR MISSION IN PIURA
The Piura Project is developed around the following three areas of intervention:
Construction of ecological sanitation facilities adapted to local contexts.
Quality educational infrastructure where the proper conditions for learning are guaranteed.
Design and construction of community areas that foster social cohesion.
Each of these areas of intervention as well as the beneficiary communities are the result of a long process of interviews with the beneficiaries and evaluation of their needs during the Phase 1 of the Project. The communities selected for the project belong to the districts of La Arena and La Union, and are San Martín de Létira, Miguel Seminario and Los Almendros.
San Martín de Létira
Formed by 50 families (225 people), in this community there is a lack of a public place to meet and make community decisions. The main objective of the project is the construction of a community center that can serve the community as a focal point, a place to meet. This will hopefully enable them to increase the potential of the community, to promote and participate in activities to improve their living conditions.
In this community of 60 families (270 people) two projects will be developed around two areas of intervention. First, it aims to improve sanitation conditions through the construction of dry ecological toilets. Secondly, the need to have a community and recreational space in the open air has been identified, a place for meeting and promoting community participation.
The 180 families (810 people) of Los Almendros have decided to work on two projects: first, the construction of a new infrastructure to accommodate the so called Colegio Inicial, that hosts about 70 pre-school children from the community and surrounding communities; and secondly, the construction of a community and recreational outdoor space that promotes community unity.