NEW MODEL FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE IN CHINCHA
On 15 August 2007, the city of Chincha was hit with a 7.9 earthquake which destroyed the majority of the residences, leaving about 25,000 families homeless.
ICA-Peru was invited to employ emergency funds from Japan to help the families in the construction of temporary houses.
THE IMPACT OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE PROMOTERS
- 60 geographic sectors were created with 50-60 homeless families in each sector
- Each of these 60 sectors were led by 2 volunteer leaders called Promoters
- The 120 Promoters received community leadership training in the ICA Formation Center in Azpitia where they were resident for one week
- Upon returning to Chincha, these Promoters taught the people how to build quality temporary homes
- The Promoters organized the community into teams of 5 families each to cooperatively build their homes together
- The family teams built 3,450 quality temporary houses very quickly
“The construction was the most economical and effective of all the methods used in Chincha” (Japan Platform)
The most practical and effective method to implement projects is the formation of sectors and the training of volunteer Promoters to guide the population in the implementation of their own projects.