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Mothers and their courage in the midst of flooding in Peru

Intense rain continues to plague the country. The region most affected is Piura, where there are more than 230 thousand people affected and 21 thousand injured. This situation has been marked an emergency, with boys and girls being the most affected. It has been estimated that at the national level more than 2 million boys and girls have ceased to attend school.

Lucía is the mother of two girls and a boy. Her family has been affected by the rains and flooding in the region of Piura in Peru. Many mothers like her are facing material losses and lack of resources in the region, however they do not give up faith and search for ways to continue their dream that their sons and daughters can receive a good education. We share her story of struggle and hope in the midst of adversity.

Lucía y sus 3 hijos. La familia ha colocado sacos de arena para evitar que el agua siga ingresando a su dormitorio.
Lucía y sus 3 hijos. La familia ha colocado sacos de arena para evitar que el agua siga ingresando a su dormitorio.

Lucía's fight

Lucía is 26 years old and lives with her husband and children: María Mercedes (9), Sandra (6), and Luis Antonio (3). Her mother’s home, where they live, completely flooded and they lost flood, clothes and personal documents that allow them to receive both education and health services that are given by the national government.

“My three children are small and when the rain began I had to raise my bed using bricks to make it taller and avoid my children getting wet. I was outside of the house, clearing the water,” she says.

En esa habitación descansan Lucía, su esposo y sus 3 hijos. Con las lluvias perdieron un colchón, ahora el único colchón que les queda lo usan sus 3 hijos.
En esa habitación descansan Lucía, su esposo y sus 3 hijos. Con las lluvias perdieron un colchón, ahora el único colchón que les queda lo usan sus 3 hijos.

The rains ruined crops and without being able to harvest, Lucía is left without work. “I do not know how to ask for help because I do not know how to read or write on paper. Sometimes I am not heard… However, I try to wash other people’s clothes to generate income.”

“Although I despair because there is no work for women, now they only hire men to carry out the cleaning of the company by the floods, everyday I struggle to support my 3 children, their father and I want them to go to college and learn how to be someone in their lives,” she affirms.

Saltar los charcos no es un juego. Para ingresar a su vivienda, sus hijas arriesgan su salud, caminando sobre el agua estancada que se acumula de las lluvias.
Saltar los charcos no es un juego. Para ingresar a su vivienda, sus hijas arriesgan su salud, caminando sobre el agua estancada que se acumula de las lluvias.

Helping children affected by the rain

Plan International is working to bring humanitarian aid to 12 thousand boys and girls affected from the recent rains and flooding in Northern Peru. In the first emergency response phase they handed out hygiene kits and clean water. There will be a special emphasize to secure the necessities of girls with specific kits for their cleanliness, and food for children ages 0 to 3. Subsequently, we will open spaces of protection and socioemotional support for boys and girls to play and learn freedom from abuse or violence. The emergency response plan will include the special participation of girls, to assess the specific risks that they are exposed to and listen to their proposals for children to recover their lives and return to normal.

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