Pertains to Ica Region, south of Lima
Local economy based largely on informal agricultural activity
Chincha Baja District has a population of 13,011 people; more than 25% of those are extremely poor, living on less than $1 a day.
The average income for many families in these areas is approximately US $100 per month, while the monthly cost of living to meet basic needs is US $150.
In Chincha Province, 94.4% of all homes were destroyed or damaged by the 2007 earthquake, as well as schools, hospitals, community centers and other public services.
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As one of the most devastated areas in Peru following the 2007 earthquake, poverty conditions in Chincha worsened drastically, as already-limited basic infrastructure and services could not meet the needs of residents.
47% of population lives in conditions of poverty; 25% of which faces extreme poverty
What limited public services that existed prior to the earthquake, were decimated, and have not yet been reinitiated.
Access to healthcare, education, child protection, housing and employment opportunities are all critical needs to be addressed to enable dignified lives for residents of Chincha.
Due to the lack of basic quality services, like education, people with greater socioeconomic resources often leave for larger cities like Lima or Ica, depending on proximity and available means.
Poor children lose motivation and drop out of school due to pressure from their families to go to work and contribute income as soon as possible. As such, there is a large achievement gap between poorer and wealthier children.
The migration of these individuals and families drains resources and the will for change, further isolating families living in poverty and strengthening the barriers between those living in poverty and those moving out of it because of its closeness and based on their means.
The community has been active in efforts to rebuild, and Chincha Baja has become an important base of operations for Coprodeli programs in southern Peru. After the 2007 earthquake, Coprodeli established temporary Emergency Shelters to continue providing essential services in nutrition, healthcare, psychological and social counseling, and academic tutoring to some of south’s most vulnerable children. The Outreach Center in Chincha began operating within rooms made of provisional materials—particle board walls, thatched roof, concrete floor, no running water, limited electricity, among others.
Since Coprodeli’s initial involvement, our programs and services have continued to grow and now include:
Center for Social Services
Education Center – serving 650 students pre-k through 12th grade
Medical Center – benefiting 22,800 individuals directly each year
Youth Outreach Center
Humanitarian Aid Hub – 91,200 individuals who will benefit indirectly from humanitarian assistance and improved health of family members
211 homes being built