On Saturday, April 1st, heavy rains caused the major rivers in Mocoa, Colombia to overflow their banks, resulting in massive mudslides that devastated seventeen barrios and killed over 270 people to date. There is an urgent need to bring food, water, medicines and volunteers to help the many children and families in these communities to survive each day until they can begin to rebuild their homes and their lives.
Conviventia is based in Colombia, and along with our partners, will mobilize teams of health practitioners and experts in emergency assistance and logistics to provide primary health care and channel aid to the victims of the mudslide. We will deliver tents, emergency food, blankets and sheets, water, cooking supplies, personal care and hygiene products and medicines to those impacted by this awful tragedy. We will also provide psycho-social support to those who lost loved ones....lost it all
While we are initially focused on the day to day emergency assistance needed for these children and families, there will also be needed support to help these families to rebuild their lives and their homes. This project will work with the local organizations and churches to strengthen their capacity to provide ongoing support to their communities. We will also assess what is needed for a second phase intervention to support shelter and reconstruction efforts.
Photos of the devastation in Mocoa, Colombia
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