A project with long-term results
Can you picture yourselves living without access to water and sewage? Not having running water to wash food supplies or wash your hands? For the Llaupi Community, located in the district of Ulcumayo, in the province of Junín, this was their day-to-day reality. Five years ago Statkraft Peru found that one of their basic needs, i.e. having a water and sewage system, was not met or planned for. A decision was then made to implement a project to install water and sewage systems in the Llaupi Community to benefit more than 500 villagers, through the preparation of the technical profile and dossier.
In 2011, the technical profile and dossier were prepared and submitted to the Junín Regional Government of Junín. After this submission, permanent arrangements were made with the Project Information Bureau (OPI) to clear their observations. Since then, the Community Relations team of Statkraft Peru has been following up on the project to see it come to light.
“We have had more than 100 meetings with the OPI for the project to come through. We have worked together with the local authorities to make this project a reality, and now after a number of reviews, changes of regional authorities and updates to the dossier, the project was approved at the beginning of this year and the budget was provisioned. This approval was the turning point for the community,” remarked Frank Loli, Community Relations Supervisor in the central region.
In July of this year, one of the dreams of the community came true with the laying of the first stone ceremony, which was attended by the Regional Governor of Junín, the Province Mayor and the Village Mayor. This project marks a major milestone in the community, for the first time in 40 years, a Regional Governor visited the area.
“As a company, we have fulfilled our role to bring the Government closer to the community. This kind of work goes unnoticed in the beginning, and only now you see the results, but after seeing how happy the community is and the recognition from the authorities we are proud of our work. We are also improving the quality of life of an entire community that did not have basic water and sewage services,” concluded Frank Loli.
The construction materials are being procured at present, and the sewage system should be finished by December. Statkraft Peru will continue to work with the community, making sure that this project is executed as planned, and will continue looking for leveraging of funds with the Regional Governance to execute more projects for the benefit of the community.
Watch a clip on the laying of the first stone ceremony.