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Peru Shelter Relief

The poorest people of Peru continue to suffer from the aftermath of the 2007 Peru Earthquake. Stable housing and sanitary conditions remain unattainable for those of lower socioeconomic status. Humanity First USA (HF), in collaboration with University of Virginia Alternative Spring Break (UV-ASB), facilitated rebuilding sustainable housing for a fixed number of families in the Ica Region. This project holds the potential to continue and serve a larger number of families as more funds are available in near future.


Humanity First Approach

Humanity First deployed a second assessment team to determine the need of the people Ica, Peru. This team made contacts with local politicians, community members, and contractors in order to create maximum number of shelters for those most in need. The team determined that an area called Guadeloupe would be the site of our human development project.


  • Pre-fabricated houses were purchased from a contractor in Lima, Peru and transported to Guadeloupe, Ica, Peru.
  • A local company was used for laying the cement bases of the houses.
  • 20 houses were built between March 1 – March 9, 2008 with the help of 15 college students from University of Virginia, participating in the Alternative Spring Break program.The recipient families were determined by a panel of local government officials and community members.

Next Steps

Humanity First plans to continue supporting the construction of more houses in this severely devastated area in the subsequent phases.


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$400 funds the construction of a housing unit that provides shelter to a family of 5.

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Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.

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92% Return on Investment

Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.

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