Our Urban95 work in Piura, on the north coast of Peru, focuses on preparation for emergency response. It was inspired by floods in 2017, when it became clear that new approaches were needed to minimise the impacts on families with young children. The area is prone to flooding due to El Niño.
Working with children, families, the community, local and national universities and the Technical University of Berlin (Urban Lab), the project has designed a shelter management model that incorporates safe and stimulating spaces for young children with opportunities for recreation and informal learning.
We are now building capacity in the local administration to implement the model, and validating it with regional and national levels of government. The aim is to incorporate early childhood care in the country’s National Risk Management System.