The KunanPacha Emergency Model incorporates five steps – information gathering; reconnaissance of affected areas; mapping access routes, collection points, common areas, and level of damage; identifying potential risk factors; and implementing projects thought to have the biggest potential benefits.

For TECHO Peru to put the model into action it formed partnerships with various social organisations and universities including CESAL Voluntades, CREA+, Red Cross, Universidad del Pacifico and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. TECHO also worked hand-in-hand with various governmental bodies including the ministry of housing, the ministry of culture, ministry of women and vulnerable populations, as well as numerous municipalities. TECHO also partnered with the business community to raise funds for the various projects.

Volunteers working together with neighbors affected in the rehabilitation of their spaces. Photo cedit: TECHO-Peru

In the two years following the devastating flooding, the TECHO’s work has cleared 193 specific areas of debris, and built 218 houses, 3 community centres and 18 temporary school classrooms. It also raised over US$1 million to help reconstruction efforts. Approximately 2,400 people have directly benefited from clean-up and reconstruction efforts

And when the Kunanpacha Emergency Model was shared with the Director of Volunteerism at the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, the ministry modified a few aspects and created a model for all civil society organisations that wanted to support future emergency response efforts in the country. The model now serves as a basis to strengthen the system of volunteerism in the country and the ability to effectively respond to emergencies.

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