Today, over 16 million people live in settlements that are highly exposed to natural disasters in one of the worlds most earthquake-prone countries. Most houses in these informal settlements do not fulfil minimal construction requirements such as continuous structural walls or reinforcement rods. It is estimated that if a magnitude 8.5 earthquake would strike Lima, more than halve a million houses would collapse. Therefore, the project aims to train informal construction workers in safe construction techniques and sensitise homeowners and local governments.
Through trainings the Construya project improves the technical and entrepreneurial skills of informal construction workers so that they build safer and healthier houses for the population of the poor neighbourhoods.
In the first phase (2015-18) the project identified bad construction practices in informal settlements and developed practical training courses for the construction workers. The technical and entrepreneurship trainings are implemented together with national training providers. In parallel, homeowners of informal neighbourhoods are informed about the risks of inappropriate housing and trained how they can improve their living conditions through safer and healthier houses. First impact studies show that trained workers can construct safer houses and increase their average income and local actors start to recognise the added value of the project approach.
Whilst in the second phase (2019-22) improving the quality of the trainings remains a key priority, it is now crucial to institutionalise a permanent training offer for the informal construction sector in local institutions. Previously the national training institutes such as Sencico and Capeco were paid service provider. For the future we are working on ways how they can permanently integrate these trainings into their business model and how to link these trainings to the value proposition of construction material companies. Peruvian policy is eager to formalise the country and by demonstrating that the trainings lead to compliant construction political support can be found to anchor a permanent training offer.
Results per 2018
2019 - 2022
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