Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda
We are an organization of volunteers with 4x4 vehicles to bring Humanitarian Aid and logistic support to people in need when emergencies and disasters happen in remote, isolated and difficult to access places not reached by aid and emergency services
What We Need
Peru is a disaster prone country; the local situation may vary suddenly and in short terms of time. Natural phenomena such as earthquakes, landslides, floodings, mudslides, volcano eruptions, severe weather, etc, strike unexpectedly any time
Thus the volunteer work may vary accordingly.
Below are the volunteer work options we need at the time of this update.
FREEZING COLD IN THE ANDES HIGHLANDS HUMANITARIAN AID MISSIONS
This issue that requires volunteer work is the national emergency situation as consequence of the extreme low temperature season affecting the poorest communities living in remote isolated places in the Andes highlands above 3500m. Many victims has been reported with severe skin burns due very low temperatures, especially affected are the children. Acute respiratory disease and other health problems derived from extreme freezing cold have also been reported.
We have launched the Freezing Cold in the Andes Highlands Humanitarian Missions.
The project consists in find and identify the poor communities suffering the freezing cold in the highlands of the regions where Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda counts with operative volunteers groups: Trujillo, Lima, Ica, Arequipa and Tacna.
The goal is to reach those remote communities in the highlands with our 4x4 vehicles carrying aid supplies: medicines, food and warm clothing. Mapping and other field tasks also have to be done.
And the most important task is to carry the materials to build in the humble houses of the poor people living there: A) Solar heating systems called Muro Trombe and B) Install Improved Firewood Stoves to eliminate the smoke from inside the houses. Both will improve greatly the life conditions of the people, warm and smoke free houses
Driver license and multi-task skills are desirable. Bring your computer, a hand held two way VHF portable radio and GPS navigator if possible
Duration: as long as the crisis last
Freezing Cold in the Andes Highlands Humanitarian Missions already completed and planned:
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission I.
Location: in Huarmicocha and Betania
First intervention and preliminary assessment. Medical service for children and adults. Donation of food and clothes. -August 2018
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission II
Materials and construction of Muro Trombe and Improved Firewood Stove for 6 houses - November 2018
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission III
Materials and construction of Muro Trombe and Improved Firewood Stove for remaining 19 houses. Medical service for children and adults. Distribution of donations: food, cloths and school goods and toys for the children - April 2019
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission IV
Verification and completion of the constructions started in YHM III. May 2019 (proposed)
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission V
Assessment of the local situation. May - June 2019 (proposed)
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission VI
Intervention. July 2019 (proposed)
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission VII
Assessment of the local situation. August 2019 (proposed)
Yauyos Humanitarian Mission VIII - Poroche
Intervention. September 2019 (proposed)
FIRST RESPONSE RADIO
This project consists in the rapid deployment and set up of portable FM radio broadcast stations to the areas affected by a disaster
When disasters strike people in the affected communities urgently need information about how to keep their families safe and well and where to go for help, where to find food, water, assistance. and who to call for help. Generally communication gets interrupted and the need to communicate: transmit and or receive locally a message is urgent and vital, the First Response Radio covers these needs for the local people.
In times of need, communication with communities is key. Yet emergencies can strain local communication infrastructure. To alleviate suffering and contribute to rapid recovery, it is important within 72 hours of the disaster impact to get life-saving information to communities quickly, through portable radio broadcast stations and mobile technology, in the languages of those affected. To ensure understanding among less educated individuals and second-language speakers, communication should be short, simple, and clearly illustrated. Important information – including how to access services and where to report abuse – should be provided in plain language, absent of jargon, this is possible through a mean that can reach everyone in the affected area, almost everyone owns a FM radio receiver to listen relevant local information and crisis relief news.
Spanish is the lingua franca of Peru, spoken by 90 percent of the 30 million Peruvians as a first or second language. However, in the areas generally most affected by disasters, a number of native languages are spoken by more than 4.5 million people. An estimated 800,000 quechua speakers are monolingual. The aymara language is the dominant indigenous language, spoken by one million people in the Puno, Moquegua and Tacna highlands
Literacy rates are low among the indigenous people of the region; just 40 percent by some calculations. Women are less likely to be able to read than men, making verbal communication especially important.
Driver license and multitask skills are desirable. Bring your computer, a hand held two way VHF portable radio and GPS navigator if possible.
Duration: the average time the First Response Radio station team is deployed in the disaster affected site is one month.
RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR OF U4X4A's VEHICLE II
A classic but very reliable 4x4 Land Rover Series III Stage One V8 truck has been recently acquired but it needs some work and upgrades to optimize its use and performance.
We have another truck of the same type in perfect working condition, with both trucks the operative and deployment capacity of U4x4A will be greatly improved.
Mechanic skills and some money is required to complete this task.
Canchacoto is a litte village made of 4-5 little humble houses on a hilltop at 3600m in the Huaura river valley, 160 km north of Lima. The people living here came from the former town Tomas located 6 hours hiking up the hill from the main road, at 4200m elevation, the people from this village left the place looking for a better life, some moved to the coastal lowlands and to the city, few stayed in the area and settled in Canchacoto at lower elevation and closer to the main road -3 hours hiking. The original infrastructure of Tomas is left abandoned: houses, school, etc. Despite of the migration the school –with only one teacher, continued giving classes to the children –now living with their parents 3 hours hiking away. Recently the parents asked the teacher to move the school to Canchacoto, but here there is not a school facility, so the teacher together with the parents built a hut of stones and wooden sticks, all covered with plastics to be used as the classroom.
Living conditions here are very poor: they have no drinking water, the water they use is from the irrigation channel, they collect the water in buckets and let it settle for a day or two until it clarifies. Sanitation is another issue, no toilets and no latrines exist, they just bury the faeces anywhere around the village. There is not electricity, phone, medical service, etc.
The first assessment will be in May 2019 (proposed)
When & Who
What we Provide
24/7 in-country support
Discounts on language lessons
The meals are home cooked and served in the volunteers house. Self cooking is also possible if you want to do so -no daily fee discount
The one time fee includes the registration fee, program fee, administration fee and the cost of the services provided before your arrival and during your stay until the day you leave, such as, airport pick-up and transfer when you arrive and when you depart, maintenance and operations fee, etc.
More Services we Offer
Included at no extra cost additional services are: Pretrip assistance, PIck up from airport. Orientation.
Tours and social activities are at some extra cost. Price vary with the tour or activity selected
Other Ways to Help
We need following items. You can contribute with any quantity, as much as you can
100 T-shirts printed with U4x4A logo for the team members -locals and foreigners (U$10 each)
100 hats (U$13 each)
10 VHF handheld two way radios Baofeng UV-5R or BF-F8HP (U$35 each)
500 gallons of fuel -petrol, for the field work with the 4x4 vehicles (U$4 each)
500w/600w FM Transmitter Radio Station with Dipole Antenna and 30m Cable Kit (U$2,327) -for the Disaster Response Portable Radio Station
Additional Info about Us
Office duties: phone calls answering, paperwork, internet/social media networking, archive management, volunteers register, accounting, logistics, goods inventory, radio-communications, etc.
Field duties: car driving, aid supplies storage and distribution, mapping, field data collect, interaction with local communities, goods shopping, general support, etc
Volunteers house duties: house keeping, cooking, cleaning, garbage disposal, maintenance, etc
Mandatory for volunteers to have: Visa. Medical insurance. Yellow fever vaccination.
Please contact us and ask for advice and any relevant information such as weather condition during your volunteering time with us
Volunteering activities may change with the season and with the local situation involving any disaster and or emergency that may need to be attended within the scope and reach of the Unidad 4x4 de Ayuda groups. Other activities include: assistance for recovery, reconstruction and resilience of affected communities, environment protection activties, education activities, preparedness activities, etc.
Our organization of volunteers with 4x4 vehicles is focused in providing Huamanitarian Aid and Logistic Support to people and communities affected by disasters located in difficult to access remote, distant and isolated places, where aid and emergency service providers can not reach. With our vehicles we want to help the supporting measures to ensure access to people in need and to facilitate the free flow of assistance, as well as actions aimed at reinforcing disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction, and contributing towards strengthening resilience and capacity to cope with, and recover from, crises;