An image of solidarity: Peru, five months after the earthquake
"After three months, the region is slowly getting back to normal. Although we are not experts in emergency aid, I have seen the work we have supported through our local partner Fe y Alegria and the Office for Development of the Society of Jesus in Peru. The work has been quick, coordinated and transparent in addition to the fact that we have been working with the population before the disaster and after the emergency.
I have witnessed the continued efforts of our local partners and those from other organizations that during these three months have worked for the infrastructure reconstruction and the personal recovery of the affected people. All this can be seen in the video that the Office for Development has sent us.
However, in spite of all our efforts, the welfare of the inhabitants of the affected area is still worrying.100 days after the earthquake, affected families are still in a vulnerable situation. They are living in provisional barracks, tents or their former homes, hardly reconstructed. Regarding the basic needs, many families go to dining rooms set up by women. Access to drinking water and sanitary conditions is not general. Health services are insufficient. Education has been restored, although in poor conditions.
Small and medium businesses are recovering activity, which is vital to return to normal life and for family economy recovery.
To improve humanitarian aid, a priority
After my visit I would like to point out that although we know that humanitarian aid is not easy, on this occasion the work of the Fondo de Reconstruccion de Sur, FORSUR has been slow and inefficient.
Three months after the earthquake, FORSUR had not transferred resources. It had merely designed aid plans, but had not carried them out, thus making the population angry since promises were not followed by actions.
From Entreculturas, we want to send our regards and support to the Peruvian people.