ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal - Post flooding response to water-borne related diseases and food insecurity – BOL141

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Preliminary Appeal Target: US$134,792

Balance Requested: US$134,792

Geneva, 14 October 2014

Dear Colleagues,

In the first quarter of this year, Bolivia experienced the worst flooding in 60 years. To date the situation is still difficult for affected families as a new rainy season is beginning prematurely. About 60,000 families were affected with 2,000 homes destroyed, 150,000 head of cattle lost including a larger number of small livestock. Additionally, 43,000 hectares of cultivated land was destroyed.

Families across 146 municipalities remain affected to this very day. They lack access to potable water resulting in a rise of intestinal illnesses, respiratory infections and skin irritations. There is also a high risk of dengue fever, malaria and other diseases from mosquitos. Pregnant women and children are the most affected.

The Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia(IEMB), through this appeal is planning to assist 450 families in the municipalities of Rurrenabaque and Yucumo in the district of Beni; and 140 families in the municipalities of Puerto Villaroel and Entre Rios in the district of Cochabamba.

The overall goal of the response is to support 450 families who have not received adequate attention from their local governments, in recuperating their food security, rehabilitation of water systems and the strengthening of preventative knowledge and psychosocial community-based support.

The objectives of the response are as follows:

1.- Medical referral & health and hygiene education for disease prevention to the 2,700 people affected by the current emergency.

2.- Support 450 families in the process of recovering their livelihoods and food security.

3.- Rehabilitate three (3) water systems (pipe lines, home taps, rebuilding distribution mains - according to the damages).

4.- Train 24 volunteers in “community-based psychosocial support” to give psychosocial attention and draw up an emergency plan directed towards the 450 participating families.