If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change, you are amongst the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation, you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering. If you can read this article then you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”
Pamplona Alta is a shanty town located in the suburbs of Lima, Peru’s capital city, and is home to approximately 20 000 people. The community faces extreme poverty on a daily basis which is only one of the many causes of high mortality rates in the area. As well as this, the poor infrastructural development puts the residents of Pamplona in danger every second of every day.
As if poverty were not already enough, the families of Pamplona typically live in shacks the size of a regular garden shed and have zero access to clean water supply and in many cases, electricity. One of the main concerns that the Peruvian government currently face is the stability of Pamplona’s buildings and land in such a seismically active area of the country. Despite the danger of landslides, structural damage, and death, the people of Pamplona Alta continue to live in these conditions that the majority of the developed world cannot imagine.
If this article has had an impact on you and you would like to help the people of Pamplona Alta, Change Live Grow, a UK student run charity are currently fundraising to build a nursery school in Pamplona Alta in order to improve the living conditions and therefore the quality of life of Pamplona’s residents. Your help could enable children to go to school, parents to work, and literacy rates to rise. With your help we can make a difference.
On 5th June 2014, there will be a charity concert in Powis Hall in order to raise money for the building of such educational institutions in Pamplona Alta. The concert will consist of a variety of different musical genres played by university bands and musicians from the local area. Having taught English to children in Pamplona I strongly believe that something can be done to provide an education and a comfortable and healthy lifestyle for the residents of this Shanty town. So please come and support the concert or give a donation. Every little helps!
For more information about tickets and donations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.