The intense downpours in Peru caused by “El Nino Costero” in 2017 have prompted the state of emergency in 12 districts of the country. In the Piura Region, 93,000 people lost their houses and 12,000 of them are camping in temporary shelters, while the others live in unsafe accommodations.
Although the Peruvian government answered the emergency by providing water and sanitary services, significant lacks in the quality with which these are distributed to the affected families still remain. There is no consistent access to water provisions, the quality of water changes according to the cistern trucks containing it and chemical baths don’t satisfy the needs of the whole population. To top it all, the risk of infectious diseases represents a serious threat and is caused by water pollution, bad hygienic conditions and an inefficient waste management system.
COOPI operates in Piura to provide persons residing in temporary shelters with safe, better water and hygienic resources, aiming to guarantee hundreds of families 20 litres of water in sterilized containers per person every day. Another priority is to ensure access to working sanitary fixtures endowed with doorways and locations that are differentiated for children, women, and men, also accessible by disabled persons.These infrastructures, tailored for environmental sustainability and energetic saving, are designed in a participatory approach with local population and authorities.
Finally, COOPI aims to transfers knowledge to beneficiary families on the correct hygienic and waste management practices, so as to contrast the risk of epidemic phenomena spreading.