The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
In a desperate search for work, families came to this area from other parts of Peru, particularly the Andes. They typically work very hard as day laborers, but at the pay rate are unable to earn enough for decent homes. These families also cannot obtain normal credit opportunities because of their low incomes and lack of collateral. As a result, they live in structures made of reed panels. These houses are flimsy and lack privacy, with only about 10 percent of the dwellings in the area substantial enough to be considered permanent. We are helping move families from homes of woven sticks to homes of bricks. The area is susceptible to earthquakes, so the homes are built to be earthquake-resistant.
Each trip to Peru will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers - typically 8-20 total - who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include sightseeing. Our country leader, Zenon Colque, loves to show off his country! Contact us to learn more!