Jan 3 – Children at the Virgen del Carmen camp for earthquake survivors are staying healthy by learning proper hygiene practices. Survivors of the earthquake that devastated Peru in August of last year are still desperately in need of help. There are roughly 24,000 people still living in approximately 100 camps, waiting to return to their homes.
In response to recurring health problems in shelters, a UNICEF-supported initiative is educating children about hygiene and sanitation in order to prevent disease. A group of actors known as The Kallpa Group visits the camps to perform entertaining presentations involving characters such as Mrs. Latrine and Mr. Cleanliness.
These lively plays have been effective ways to encourage children to use clean water and maintain hygienic conditions in the recently installed latrines.