Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, WASH4GROWTH aims to support vulnerable communities in Piura, Peru. Through the provision of knowledge,technical training and assistance in water, hygiene and sanitation in order to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions. The overall objective of this project is to guarantee access to drinking water and safe sanitation through the participatory creation of community infrastructure and training in water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH).
The main problem for the community of Miguel Seminario is the lack of means to grow. Comprising of 362 people (60 families) who lack access to safe water and sanitation facilities, the community is located adjacent to canals that contain contaminated water from surrounding rice fields. The closest source of safe drinking water for the community is over 4 kilometers away, alternatively, communities members have access to a local well, that is rapidly becoming obsolete, for only two hours a day.
This Community Development Project incorporates two complementary axes: the Technical Axis: Access to drinking water through the canalization and subsequent design of the local and community spatial infrastructure and; the Educational Axis: Training the population on WASH, COVID-19, community development and the water cycle. Our vision is that this project will act to both empower the community of Miguel Seminario as well as act a as catalyst for future development and growth in the surrounds.
The ultimate goal of GROWTH is to generate a positive impact in society in extremely vulnerable communities, through the provision of knowledge, technical training and assistance. This is why we firmly believe in long-term development plans with empowerment practices through the equitable participation of the community in the planning, decision-making and local management. WASH4GROWTH will build self reliant communities with access to water and sanitation infrastructure.