Since mid January there’s been extreme flooding in parts of Northern Peru, then last week more than 50% of the regions in Peru declared a state of emergency. My home town of Trujillo suffered a series of mudslides and all parts of the city as been affected. Here’s some photo’s mine and other volunteers where we live. Credit to Michelle Farhat, Scott Spinucci, and Jack McCarthy for various photos in this collection.
Are you safe?
Yes we are safe and fine. The poorer parts of the city are badly affected, basic food and supplies (water, food, clothes, basic medication) are needed by many. More details on us later, read the next important parts.
What are you doing?
Through various friends and networks we are doing what we can to try and hel the communities most affected in Trujillo. Last Sunday (19th March 2017) a group of us bought collected and distributed supplies to an area known as El Porvenir, we gave our 200 food bags, which contained long life foods like, 1L of water, bag of pasta, rice, sugar, biscuits, cans of tinned fish, plus we collected and distributed clothes for children men and women. We intend on doing the same thing this Sunday, we are making purchases of similar things in the days before, using donations I’ve received from friends and families in the last week, you raised (at time of writing) £ 420 thank you so much. (This money will continue to go towards food and supplies as this is what I asked of you when you donated, I believe that is the fair and correct thing to do).
What do the people need?
Water! From our friends and connections doing similar events, we now know the biggest message coming through is that lack of water. Drinking water, and potable water for washing. Local friends have tried to hire a tanker to deliver water to communities where water is needed, but they’re’ in high demand and we can’t hire one for weeks. We will continue to try and hire one, but in the mean time this is our plan;
The Plan – How you can help
We want to buy a water tank, fill it with potable water and deliver that water to the people of other badly affected communities. We have transport available to us once a week on a Sunday. We have contacts in the communities, that can arrange the people so when we turn up we distribute it as evenly as we can. Once we have the tank, we will use it every time we make a community visit, realistically once a week on a Sunday (that’s when the truck is available). We’ve still looking into the options of sizes and safe working limits of he truck, but we need donations to buy these tanks.
1100 litre tanks costs 390 soles – £ 96
My friend Cheyne Bull from SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru), will coordinate the community so when we arrive to an area known as Alto Trujillo we can fill up buckets and bottles of the people that are in need of water. We’ll then reach out to other people with community contacts and offer the same service delivering water.
“I love it when a plan comes together”
Plan A – Hire a tanker and get around 10,000 L of water to a community that needs it. Cost is estimated at 400 soles, same as buying a 1100 L tank.
Plan B – We will buy as many tanks we can safely put on the truck and transport plus safety equipment to secure the tanks during transit (ropes / wretched straps). Then use our contacts in various community-based Non-Governmental Organisations, such as SKIP (Supporting Kids In Peru), Espaanglish, plus others as we find them, who are currently working in the communities of Trujillo that have been hit hard by the flooding.
Plan C – Plan A and Plan B if we get enough funds.
Realistically this will either happen Sunday 2nd April or 9th 2017 to allow us time to collect donations, buy the tanks and have the transport available.
What will you do with the tanks afterwards?
We will be able to use this tank multiple times, after it’s no longer needed for community purposes, we will try and sell it second hand. Whatever money we get for it, we’ll make an equal donation to the Trujillo grassroots NGO’s were supporting; SKIP, Espaanglish and HOP. After the immediate relief, people are going to need help to rebuilt their lives, we’ll put that money towards those causes.
Make a Donation
Donate directly to me via PayPal;
I just happen to be working for an NGO in Peru, this project has no ties to WindAid, other than volunteers and employees are supporting it in their free time.
Chances are your reading this because you know me personally, and I’d like to think everyone who has met me will know I’ll use this money for the intended purpose. If we haven’t met, ask the person who sent you the link, or the connection to me, I’d like to think they’ll vouch for me. However, in today’s modern world or transparency and accountability, I realise this may look rather suspect. On making the purchases, I will email all the donors with a photo of me with the tank(s), and the receipt and an emailed copy of the receipt, and/or if we manage to hire a driver and a water tanker, I’ll take a photo with the driver, and try to get a receipt (unlikely – cash in hand).
The transaction process will look like this;
1)You make a donation to my PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) I transfer the monies raised to my UK bank account
3) I withdraw money / pay with my credit card (depending on where we get best price, may not be able to pay by credit card)
4) I replace money in my bank account / Pay my credit card off.
If you have any queries or suggestions on a better method, please do get in touch on the same email.
How will we know the amount raised?
At the end of each day, I’ll post an update on my facebook page with a running total and any relevant updates. Search for Stuart Lee Llewellyn on facebook.
Are you really OK?
Yes honestly I am fine. Outside the world of Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence there are more serious things going on in the world and some of you may have seen the images of what’s going on in Peru. The situation is serious, however for us in the less impacted parts of the city life is fairly chilled. We are continuing working on our WindAid, projects, we are still able to make turbines, and on top of that normal stuff, we are trying to help people that are having it a lot more rough than us. We have had rivers of water outside our house, and we did have to wade thigh-deep through waters to get home last Sunday, but we are taking steps to ensure our safety. We have food and water stock piled, occasionally we get a water and a power cut. We are monitoring the situation and will change tact as and when it’s necessary.
WindAid’s work and Why were looking to support other Trujillo NGOs
Realistically the vast majority of Trujillo has access to electricity hence, we have very few turbines in the Trujillo area, the communities WindAid work with are more remote, and multiple hours away. We can’t get to them, bridges and roads have been destroyed, plus it wouldn’t be safe for us to do so right now. Hence we are trying to help and support communities we can physically get to, and why we are assisting other NGOs that know the Trujillo communities.
We realise that in the coming months in the clean up and repairs, realistically many of our turbines are going to need maintenance, and our communities are going to need support. We are trying to take steps, continuing the production of wind turbines, and our projects so that when we can access the communities we work with, we can respond in our core knowledge areas…. Wind Turbines and getting people access to electricity.
Thanks for reading and thanks if you send a donation. Look at my facebook page for updates as we go along. I’ll add more details here in a few days.