About our current projects
Peruvian Project is currently supporting two programs in the jungle area of Peru. One is just being started in Iquitos (the last Ocean Port on the Amazon River) and one that is an on-going, very successful, project in the City of Moyobamba.
The program in Moyobamba concentrates on the children who are working on the streets and are not going to school. The organization is giving those children a place to go and the necessary supplies and materials that they need to go to school. The project requires a major commitment by the children and their families. The children agree to go to school and to come to the tutoring sessions provided by the program.
The parents, usually the mothers, agree to help preparing and serving the meals supported by the local government. The children also participate with the daily chores. The organization is in constant contact with the schools to check on the attendance and the progress of each student. Everyone has a stake in the success of the program. Children who continue their education are rewarded and recognized in a variety of ways. (The children who got the highest grades in the last couple of years were given Buffalo Bills hats – donated by the Buffalo Bills organization – a real popular award!!) Those children who fail to live up to their commitment are dropped from the program.
Many of the street children really want to go to school – they just thought that they would never have the opportunity. They thought their only way to survive was to work in the market place, become involved in the drug trade, prostitution, crime, or all of the above. This program provides them with the basics and gives them the opportunities they never thought they would have. Over 100 children are now involved in the program. Many have finished school at the top of their class and are continuing their education by going to trade schools and even colleges and universities. The program being started in Iquitos is modeled after the project in Moyobamba with some differences due to the different circumstances in the two cities.
Ana Maria Torres
5 years ago, she didn’t have enough money to study and had to sell ‘Aguajes’ in the street. Now…she finished high school and won scholarship to go to college.
“I cannot imagine what would have happened in my life without this project. I am very grateful because they helped me when I most needed it. Now I finished high school and I feel prepared for the challenges of my life. I have a commitment to this project and I will continue to help as a volunteer.”