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Helping communities in Peru to construct their future
28 October 2010
Second year students from UCL’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering have helped to build earthquake proof housing in Peru thanks to a grant from the Greatest Needs and Opportunities Fund.
The scheme was carried out by the IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross) and was set up soon after the earthquake of the 27th of August 2007 that devastated the areas of Ica and Pisco, south of Peru. It involved the construction of thirty houses in a remote young community called Casa Blanca.
The UCL CEGE project work was aimed at providing support in the construction of the most urgent houses (seven in total) destined to the elderly, single mothers and people with disability. The students were involved in all stages of building from measuring and hammering timber to mudding the walls. During the trip the UCL students also had the chance to attend lectures focussed on explaining the various techniques and methods used in reinforcing structures against earthquakes.
Members of the local community in Casa Blanca have expressed their gratitude to the students for the change that has been made to their lives. The students themselves had an ‘incredible’ experience and are grateful to those alumni and friends who donated and made the project possible.