Posted on April 10, 2017
In less than a week, the students raised more than $3000, they were able to get this money immediately into the hands of the people who need it most.
One thing that makes this donation campaign different than some is that it is all about empowering these communities for organizing and meeting their own needs as they move forward rather than just for receiving aid (see the details below). This is applied anthropology in action!.\ I wanted to share with you a few of the "updates" since you donated that Rafael has shared with me.
WHO: Beneficiaries are about 120 aduls and children from the neighborhood of SOL NACIENTE II, in the center of El Milagro, which is part of the district of Huanchaco, and are victims of a series of flash-floods caused by a ravine/arroyo system called "Quebrada El León" that flooded its banks.
WHAT: Immediate aid was delivered by our on-the-ground director, Lic. Rafael Vazquez Guerrero, former Director of the College of Anthropologists, La Libertad and long time friend. Here are some of the things that he helped to coordinate this past week. The group received basic first aid supplies and has implemented a small distribution center for these essential supplies. Supplies and community pots were bought and delivered. Our director coordinated for delivery of a 15 cubic meter storage tank for delivery of potable water on a regular basis. Our director Rafael is coordinating with the municipality to make sure they are aware of this emergency help and so that they feel more obligated to step into their fiduciary responsibilities for this community now that they know of this external aid.
HOW: Neighbors were organized and decided that they wanted to develop a community kitchen for daily food preparation. Their organizational structure serves as a good example for others in the community about how "bottom-up" grass-roots self-help programs depend mainly on the interest and the will of the people. It is also typical of how neighbors come together in Peru in times of need. Typically food is prepared once or twice a day by volunteers who rotate and delivered to all who participate in the efforts. Community kitchens become the foundation for community based efforts that go far beyond food-preparation in this region of the world and often become the basis for organizing communal day care, education, and other basic needs. Acensus was created that allowed for identification of participants and serves as a tool for distribution of aid. The community developed their own rules for participants, including assignment of daily tasks, cooking schedule, procurement of firewood, sanitation and clean-up of the affected area.