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    Climate Change Mitigation Laws Strong Governance and Institutions to Cope with Natural Disasters

    By - 12 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Sergio Lacambra

    Climate Change Mitigation Laws

    Kids playing football in the streets of Pisco. The pic was taken in 2009, 2 years after  the last biggest earthquake. Image: twak. Creative Commons License.

    The magnitude 8.0 earthquake that ravaged a large part of Peru in August 2007 left behind a massive toll: 7,000 families without homes or safe water, 220,000 children without schools, collapsed ground transportation, and destroyed infrastructure.

    Such natural disasters are not isolated incidents, especially in Peru, one of the most vulnerable countries in the Region to such events. Disasters such as droughts, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions affected Peru 109 times between 1970 and 2010,causing 74,000 deaths and affecting some 18 million people. Read more…

    Small Bug, Big Trouble: The Fruit Fly Plague in Peru

    By - 18 de October de 2016, 7:30 am

    By Julián Aramburu and Lina Salazar

    The Fruit Fly in Peru

    Image: iStock

    Nothing is more annoying than a fly buzzing around your head.  But flies can be much more than an annoyance: fruit flies, for example, are one of the most harmful threats to fruit production in Peru, damaging crops by laying their eggs within the fruit.

    Since 1990, Peru’s fruit and vegetable exports have increased at an average annual rate of 16 percent, a growth rate faster than Peruvian merchandise exports as a whole. Read more…

    Indigenous and mestizo women: do they receive different treatment in family planning centers in Peru?

    By - 14 de June de 2016, 8:00 am

    Ten women prepare themselves: hair, makeup, clothes, and posture. They practice proper cadence for scripted answers to questions they will soon be asked. Each of them will say she arrived in Lima from an Andean town seeking a brighter future for her two children.

    Her partner is returning after being away for six months for work, and they do not want to have any more children at the moment.

    No, she does not have any health issues. Yes, her childbirths were normal.

    She does not trust natural family planning methods and lacks experience using modern contraceptives. Today, they will be indigenous. Tomorrow, their stories will change, and they will be mestizos.

    indigenous family planning

    Image: IDB

    For two weeks, these women trained to act as simulated patients in public family planning services in Lima and Callao, Peru. They are exploring whether quality of care varies if they present certain ethnic attributes of either mestizos or indigenous. Read more…

    How important math is in preschool

    By - 24 de May de 2016, 7:00 am

    As part of a lesson on quantities, a group of five-year-olds in Huancavelica, Peru, was asked, “If you have three candies and I have six, what is that?” The expected answer was something along the lines of “more” or “less,” but after a moment of contemplation, a student responded, “Unfair.”

    math in preschool

    Image: iStock

    These preschoolers are part of a new bilingual preschool program called Mimate that helps children develop essential pre-math skills. Children need these skills as a basis for primary school mathematics, including number sequence, shape recognition, counting objects, and spatial relations (such as the difference between over and under). Read more…

    Symphony for Peru: Music and Social Inclusion together

    By - 10 de May de 2016, 7:00 am

    In 2011, the Symphony Association of Peru, presided over by renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, launched the “Symphony for Peru: Music and Social Inclusion” project with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

    A social intervention inspired by the successful Youth and Child Orchestras of Venezuela.

    Symphony of Peru

    Image: Sinfonía por el Perú

    The project established four musical centers in four very different areas in Peru: the marginalized, urban ghettos of Trujillo (coastal), Huancayo (mountain), Huánuco (rainforest), and Manchay-Lima (desert). Each center brings music to almost 200 children and adolescents living at or below the poverty level. Read more…