CONSTRUCTION REPORT PERU SEPTEMBER 2012 www.nph-peru.org
in this issue As NPH Peru moves into its eighth year, our long awaited dream suddenly comes true. We are now living in our permanent property in San Vicente de CaĂąete. Our 100 children and staff are already living in their homes while we are working on improvements and advances in the construction. Though our work is not complete, we are making good progress. This report is a guide to show the advances in our construction projects since the beginning of the year. We have a great team in place ready and eager to proceed with the construction. Thank you to all the offices around the world, to all the individuals who have supported our vision and specifically our Canadian friends who give us so much, not just money, but advice and support. Olga PĂŠrez
PERIMETER PATHS WALKING AROUND THE HOUSES
During April and May 2012, we built the perimeter paths around our first block of eight houses. It was one of the final steps to finish the first block and is our goal to eventually connect all the houses and buildings with sidewalks. We have had beautiful development between the blocks with planting grass in between the spaces of the paths. The paths and houses are accessible for disabled people but eventually we will need sidewalk to go around all the houses which would measure 728 meters. Itâ€™s also important to build this sidewalk because of the dust. Since some of our property is still not developed we always have a lot of dust. The children walk from house to house, or to the dining room which lifts dust. With the sidewalks, we avoid the dirt and dust most of the time. Our children can sweep less and maintain the cleanliness of the houses.
To build homes 7 and 8 which will complete the block of houses on the west side of our property
t the beginning of June we opened our seventh family style home, named San Martin. With the addition of this house, we only need one more to complete the block of eight houses on the west side of our property. This house was built from January 15th to the first week of May. Each home consists of a large kitchen/dining room, two large dormitories, two bathrooms (each containing two showers and two toilets as well as sinks), two large storage rooms and a private bedroom and
ensuite bathroom for up to two caregivers. The houses were designed in conjunction with NPHI Family Services to allow staff to live alongside the children forming a family unit. The addition of the seventh house freed up space in the other boys houses so that the children are now more comfortable and with enough space. Sixteen children of ages 10-12, moved into the San Martin house, but also two of our young teenagers living there help as caregivers.
Volunteer & Nat
ur current construction is of the volunteer and National Director house. These houses will be smaller and simpler that the childrenâ€™s versions. Estimated time of completion is at the end of November. The volunteer house allow us to move our current five volunteers to a private house,
OUSES With this move, we also release a dormitory of one house, providing more space for the children. The house will have three small bedrooms, a dining hall, kitchen and two bathrooms. The directorâ€™s house will be for our National Director and his family. Alfredo Hernandez, his wife who is in charge of the sponsorship department, and his two daughters, will be able to move to the property, because they have been living in a rented house in the community. With this move they will now live close to the children, and also we will save money.
ATER, THE BEST OF ALL TH Life and home, whole house water filte
ne of our biggest worries had always been water. Water is essential for survival, for good health and to keep our children in a safe place. The water of our property wasnâ€™t drinkable because it had a high level of hardness. Thanks to a donation, we were able to change that situation. The first step was disinfecting the water tower and cistern, where we will install the equipment, and painted with a special paint that avoids fungus and other viruses. Then in the final stage, we were able to install the equipment to make the water drinkable. The filtration process involves a type of filter media, over which the water flows. The company started to put chlorine in the water to eliminate bacteria. Then the water goes through an active carbon water filter which absorbs the bad smell, the excess of chlorine and the any bad taste. A solid block carbon water filter can selectively remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water while retaining healthy mineral deposits that balance the pH of drinking water. The water also goes through a sand trap that eliminates the sand and residues in the water. But we needed one more filter because of the hardness problem, so we also installed water softening equipment that reduces our water to 250 of hardness. Once the water has passed through the required stages of filtration, it emerges as pure drinking water from which the children can drink directly from the tap, free of contamination. In the long run, this could mean less illness and skin problems for our children and cost savings, especially with not having to purchase purified drinking water.
ENEFITS OF A WATER FILTER
More of our children have skin problems from their past. Drinking water moisturizes their skin and keeps its fresh. Childrenâ€™s skin would glow and shine again.
GREAT TASTING WATER
Water filters provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine and bacterial contaminants
AVOID THE ILLNESSES Water can act like a medicine for all diseases. It reduces harmful particles from body and helps us maintain a healthy body. It also helps in avoiding headaches and back pains which are essentially caused by dehydration. Drinking clean, filtered water protects the children from disease and leads to overall better health.
LOW COST WATER If we compare the cost of buying bottled water all these years to the cost of using a drinking liquid filter in the home, it shows that after a few years we would save a lot of valuable money
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
DELICIOUS MEALS A water filter provides clean and healthy water for cooking. If we wash the dishes in the clean water will prevent that any residue stays on the dishes. Cooking and washing reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent.
Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses. ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil. Lloyd Axworthy
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WATER A water filter is virtually pollution free, while bottled water is terrible for the environment. Large amounts of oil are used each year to produce and transport bottled water, and it takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it.
SAVINGS IN CLEANING PRODUCTS It is necessary to use more laundry detergent in hard water because it does not clean the laundry very well.
Kitchen & Dining Hall A central place for our entire family to dine and meet
ne of our priorities is building a permanent kitchen and dining hall for our large family. We need the project because we are now eating in a temporary building constructed of panels and mats and cooking in a prefab kitchen that doesnâ€™t have the right conditions. The central kitchen and dining hall size will be 1227 square meters. In order to eat together as one family, the kitchen and dining hall will need to have ample room to seat 300 children, include a main kitchen, dry and cold storage, washing and laundry area, bathrooms and an office for the coordinator.
The kitchen will have specials area to store the food. These areas will be equipped with freezers and refrigerators, but built with the correct sanitary conditions to keep our food stored well. The purpose of this project is having a permanent space to cook and eat, but also to have a space where we can celebrate ceremonies, meetings or special events all together. The kitchen and dining hall will be located in the middle of our property with all the houses having the same distance from it so that the children will have easy access. We are searching for new donors that can help us facilitate the funding for the construction.
Project Status: Urgent Project Duration: 5 months
Total Cost of project: $488,000
Dining together as a complete family is an essential part of our philosophy. Therefore, it is vital, that we work together to quickly realize this project and create a special place for our children to dine and meet together. Note: Project cost includes connection to internal electricity, water and sewage networks and a small percentage to cover rising costs or changes in rate of exchange between dollars and soles.