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9 OF EVERY 10 HUMAN SETTLEMENTS IN SAN JUAN DE MIRAFLORES DO NOT HAVE SAFE ACCESS TO THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY NETWORK

Peru presents their first report on the human settlements of the district of San Juan de Miraflores. The organization identified a total of 138 human settlements, in San Juan de Miraflores, living in conditions of poverty and exclusion.

Lima, October 16, 2018.- On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which is commemorated on October 17, TECHO-PERU presented the report on the situation of human settlements in San Juan de Miraflores where a total of 138 settlements were identified. 9 out of 10 do not have safe access to the public water supply network, nor they have a connection to the drainage network.

“For TECHO, the absence of solutions to the basic needs of a resident in the district of San Juan de Miraflores is a clear state of alert, a violation of rights and evidence of the lack of a good quality of life for Peruvians,” says Jonathan Rossi, social director of TECHO-Peru.

This research, which was carried out thanks to the participation of volunteers and leaders of the communities studied, estimates that a total of approximately 12,300 families reside in the settlements studied; that is, more than 46,000 people. It should be noted that San Juan de Miraflores is the eighth most populated district of Peru.

According to the report, in 77.6% of identified settlements, the main reason why people decided to live there was because of the difficulty of finding available space in the city. “The fact that millions of people decide to live in areas that pose a very high risk to their lives, where access roads are complicated, away from work sources, among other factors, should make us reflect on how we build our cities and the inequalities that we perpetuate in them,” states Rossi.

Similarly, 70% of these human settlements have pollution as their primary risk. This is because they are near pig farms or garbage dumps.

“Our purpose with this report is to call for action in the face of an emergency situation that not only occurs in San Juan de Miraflores but extends to the poorest urban areas of our country. The lack of safe access to basic services and the lack of attention to these problems prevents the satisfaction of the main needs for every citizen,” says Rossi.

In the search for actions that respond to the urgency of this reality, TECHO has identified that 95.3% of these human settlements already have a board of directors that promotes the collective welfare of the community and the planning of solutions. However, as the social director of TECHO explains, “It is fundamental that the different actors of society and citizens in general also get involved in articulating proposals for a concrete solution that will impact the population of San Juan de Miraflores, and even all people living in human settlements in urban areas across the country.