Archive for the “Humanitarian Disaster Relief” Category


In light of the natural disasters that are occurring in Peru due to the phenomenon known as ‘El Niño Costero’, New Acropolis volunteers have been developing a comprehensive volunteering program for the benefit of survivors who have lost much of their material belongings, including their homes. This situation has been caused by the overflow of rivers and the innumerable huaicos or mudslides.

In the city of Lima, volunteers have been carrying out collection campaigns, of food, toiletries, water and clothing which have been directed to the District of Catacaos, one of the most affected areas of the province of Piura, as well as collection centers designated by the central government.

Fifteen New Acropolis centers including those of Trujillo, Chiclayo, Huaraz, Ica, Puno, Huanuco, Arequipa, Iquitos, Ayacucho, Cajamarca and Chincha, among others, are collection points from where volunteers direct aid to the most vulnerable areas.

In the city of Trujillo, under the slogan ‘We all are one, a single force’, volunteers decided to go door-to-door to solicit the help of neighbors.
This initiative had the support of the municipality of the District of El Porvenir, which placed at the service of this campaign a citizen security van and a truck to transport donations to areas in the Districts of Buenos Aires, La Esperanza and El Porvenir in the Sector of Río Seco.

“In a week not only did we manage to collect donations, but also to generate bonds of union between volunteers and to awaken solidarity in neighbors who, with the best intentions, joined this worthy cause,” said Rosmery Correa, a volunteer at this center.

Carmela Becerra, National Volunteer Coordinator, reported that 10 tons of donations have been delivered so far. However, this campaign is on-going, since thousands of Peruvian people still need aid.

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Heavy rains in Peru during January and February caused many rivers to overflow and led to significant material losses, diseases and isolation in rural and urban areas. New Acropolis volunteers of Ica and Pisco provided humanitarian and social aid to survivors of these natural disasters in the south of the country.

In Ica, more than 300 people, including children, adults and the elderly – who came from the Centro Poblado Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, district of San José de Los Molinos, received food and clothing and health care among other aid. New Acropolis volunteers of Ica were main donors, however the New Acropolis Circle of Friends as well as other citizens also provided donations. In Pisco, about 125 people from the village of Miraflores, district of Humay, received aid in the form of donations of clothing and non-perishable goods.

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In order to train volunteers involved in Social Action, New Acropolis Tegucigalpa offered a First Aid workshop. The seminar was presented by firefighter and volunteer of New Acropolis Comayagua, José Francisco Muñoz, who shared his extensive experience with rescue operations.

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New Acropolis Mumbai organized a debate entitled “Empowering real change”, in collaboration with the Indian Express newspaper. Speakers included the educator and environmental specialist Sonam Wangchuk, the philanthropist Tsarina Screwvala (Swades Foundation) and the philosopher Yaron Barzilay (Director of New Acropolis in India).

With over 150 attendees, the presenters at this ’round table’ emphasized the need for a sustainable change in society, beyond quick and immediate fixes, which are of little relevance and lead to uncertainty and despair. A collective investigation showed that the “Post-truth” world  (Word of the Year 2016, Oxford Dictionary), leads to individuals’ inability to dream and to aspire to a better world. It turns out that our challenges could be more possible to carry out, redefining how society provides education. Ultimately, the responsibility rests with the individual at the time of choosing to participate in the change.

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New Acropolis volunteers organized the collection, storage and delivery of supplies and donations to families affected by the passage of Hurricane Otto. This project was carried out in 5 provinces of the country and were delivered directly to the people affected by this natural disaster.

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Flood protection training_1_Budapest Flood protection training_2_BudapestAs part of a decades-long collaboration with the Budapest Association for Civil Protection and Disaster Management, various volunteers received a flood protection training in the ‘Hunyadi’ Center of New Acropolis Hungary.

Based on the example of the 2001 flooding on the upper River Tisza, participants of the course were introduced to the main types of dams, their scope of application and the process of protection from emergency through relocation of the population to damage assessment and reconstruction.

The theoretical part of the course was followed by a practical training, during which participants learned how to effectively build a dam from sand bags.

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A severe emergency situation occurred in Budai hills, Hungary after days of heavy winds and rain. A number of trees fell due to the icy glaze that froze on the branches. Roads leading to the villages were obstructed and closed with trees lying across them for days. The authorities worked day and night to restore normal life conditions. Volunteers of New Acropolis participated in the action with an eight-person team including professionals, equipped with chainsaws, by removing the fallen tree-trunks from the roads and from the electricity lines.

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