Bolivia

Floods and landslide: Emergency appeal n° MDRBO006- Final Report

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Overview The National Society faced significant challenges during the implementation of this operation due to several external factors such as land rights and the difficulties to locate appropriate land for settlements, national protests over road and land developments, as well as country elections, all hindering the activities in some level.

Nonetheless, the BRC achieved many successes. First, by the end of the operation, 1,951 families had been reached with food parcels (114.8 per cent of original target) and 2,359 families (102.6 per cent of original target) with hygiene kits. Overall, 2,551 families from the departments of Beni, La Paz and Cochabamba were supported with at least one of these relief items. Second, the National Society collaborated with the municipal authorities of La Paz City to provide transitional shelter solutions to the families affected by the landslide. The BRC procured 50 family modules that were installed Within Callapa Camp alongside modules provided by other partners. The 50 families reached by the National Society were also supported with a complete kitchen set, including a gas stove, to contribute to their independence in preparing food and restart of daily activities. As part of their plan of action, the National Society also assisted 50 families that were settled in the Colegio Militar camp, providing them with some communal structures such as a warehouse and kitchen.

In order to achieve a comprehensive approach in their response despite the difficulties encountered during the course of the operation, the BRC decided to implement the rest of their plan of action with all members of the community formed in the Callapa Camp, regardless of whether they were direct beneficiaries of the Red Cross shelter programme or not. This strategy was chosen in order to minimize conflict within the camp members and to ensure all individuals had equal support access. The 196 families residing in this camp were assisted with the rehabilitation of some sanitary facilities, such as toilets and sinks, and with a series of educational workshops that provided information on community health, personal hygiene and communitybased first aid. In addition, 100 of these families also received first aid kits. Furthermore, the families in the Callapa Camp were supported with specialized kits designed to support the restoration of their trades and recover their livelihoods.