SDG 11 for sustainable cities and communities11.1 access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services
11.3 inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning
11.6 attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces

This project forms part of Centro Santa Angela’s five-year strategic plan to address environmental challenges in the impoverished José Leonardo Ortiz district of Chiclayo. After training their own staff in environmentally sound practices, the centre began to work one by one with the neighbourhoods around them. It is an area choked with garbage where green spaces are rare.

children planting gardens in their neighbourhood

During this phase of the project, Centro Santa Angela is working with the women, men, youth and children of Urrunaga to “green” this neglected and underserved pueblo joven. Volunteer committees encourage residents to keep the streets and sidewalks clean, fill the local park with plants and trees, introduce recycling, repurpose used materials and reduce waste. Community leaders are also pressing municipal authorities to assume their responsibilities in garbage collection and other basic services.

Through these efforts, the people of Urrunaga hope not only to make their neighbourhood a happier and healthier home for themselves and their children but also to set an example that other neighbourhoods might follow.