Lima, Peru, and Panama, March 31st, 2017. – Plan International, an organization for development and humanitarian aid that works for the promotion of the rights of children and the equality of children, calls for action to protect the more than 300 thousand girls, boys, and adolescents who have been affected by the floods in Peru. Plan emphasizes that it is necessary to put special attention to the girls, and to the adolescent women, since they are the most vulnerable in this type of situation.
Ramin Shahzamani, director of Plan International Peru, explained that “the disasters and crises bring particular danger to girls, who are at a greater risk to fall behind on their education and be subject to exploitation, sexual abuse, and violence.
The emergency response of Plan International has centered on four areas: protection and socioemotional support, education, clean water, and hygiene, and assurance of ceilings. Girls will have special participation, since they will be consulted constantly on their needs during and after the emergency.
The goal of the organization is to serve 12,000 children and adolescents affected in Piura, region declared in emergency by the government. To do this, they are delivering family hygiene kits, water and food for children younger than 3 years old, and kits for girl and adolescents that include pads and underwear. “We have been working in Piura for 22 years and the communities trust in us. That is why we think the distribution will be efficient and in an orderly manner,” explained Shahzamani.
Plan International Peru recalled that the abuse and violence against girls generate in them physical and psychological aftermath that prevents their full development. “It is fundamental to put emphasis on its protection and well-being across the humanitarian aid.”
According to Plan International Peru, if there is no answer given to consider the needs of girls and adolescents the consequences I the medium and long term can be devastating. “Many times, when families are left without means of subsistence, they decide to take girls out of school to pursue, for example, child domestic labor,” explained Ramin Shahzamani. “The right to education is fundamental and all girls and boys should be able to exercise this right in equality of conditions.”
Currently, the floods have affected more than a million people, according to official figures from the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI). 11 departments are in a state of sanitary emergency for 90 days. 1.9 million girls and boys have not been able to recommence classes due to the disaster.
If you wish to join forces for the girls and boys affected in Piura you can make your donations via debit or credit card in Peru and abroad by clicking the following link: http://bit.ly/2mNtfdG
Plan International is currently responding to other emergencies, including in Ecuador, Sudan, and the Middle East.
About Plan International Peru
With more than 80 years of experience, Plan International is one of the most well known international organizations for the promotion of children’s rights. Since 2017, Plan International has promise to take action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide, and prosper at the global level.
In Peru, Plan International began activities in 1994, within this time they have contributed to improve the lives of more than half a million people. Currently, they are known for their placement in 180 communities in Piura, Lima, and Cusco.