Please support Peruvian Project onGiving Tuesday to provide funds to help with challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic! Click below to donate any amount you can so we can provide the much needed funds in these difficult times. All funds will solely be dedicated to buy PEP supplies and pay tutors/teachers.
Students supported by the Peruvian Project have had an especially challenging 2020. The Amazon area of Peru, where our partner organizations COCID and PROLINOR work from has been the hardest hit by the Coronavirus. Students learn by using distance learning and many do not have internet access. Peruvian Project supports COCID and PROLINOR with funds to pay for Tutors and Personal Protective Equipment. The tutors help the children navigate the challenges of virtual learning.
**Our two locations COCID and Prolinor have been helping the kids with homework over the phone during this time of crisis. The government television station runs academic classes and the teachers have been assigning homework based on the lectures. Although this is more difficult than our normal practices, we are proud of how our tutors have been handling the situation. Their perseverance and dedication to the children’s education is inspiring. Our two locations will continue to practice social distancing and therefore our budgets have shifted to include materials like masks, hand sanitizer, phone bills and more. Thank you for your continued support.**
In this time of Global Crisis we would like to give you a COVID-19 update:
Our education project is on hold in both locations of Iquitos and Moyobamba until further notice as the children and teachers have a “stay at home” notice like we do in New York and the rest of the country.
All are doing well and we are looking forward to continuing our children’s programs as soon as possible!
Department of Loreto (Iquitos): 314 people are infected with the virus and five have died.
Department of San Martin: (Moyobamba): 15 people are infected and one has died.
Peru has a 2.63% mortality rate.
We are staying positive as are the children! Thank you for your continued support.
President Luisa Ríos-Owens and Board member Lilia Chang visited PRONILOR in Iquitos to add some Holiday cheer, recognize the volunteers and give out the year end awards to deserving students.
The tutors and volunteers being recognized by President Luisa. (Photo credit goes to Lilian Chang)
The kids and their parents wait for the recognition ceremony.The “Blue Hats” are awarded to only the hardest working, most conscientious, and most accomplished children of Pronilor. Here President Luisa and Board member Lilian pose with the “Blue Hats” of 2019.
The mothers are also recognized for their contributions. Each child is needs to be supported by their mothers and fathers in order to accomplish what they do. Each child and their parent is individually recognized and awarded the “Blue Hat” by President Luisa.Each year Peruvian Project also sends gifts and school supplies from generous donors here in the USA to each of the students. This year we were able to supply Pronilor and each student with a year’s supply of pencils donated by a dentist office in Rochester NY via Aimee Synesael.
Periodically the Board invites our many donors to a get together to hear the latest about our projects in the jungle area of Peru. This past Friday, October 25, 2019 we combined an official meeting with a party to inform everyone of what we saw on our latest trip to Peru by President Luisa Ríos-Owens, Vice-President Jeff Masters, Treasurer Bob Owens and Board member Mary Kay Masters. It was a good time! Thanks go to Karla and Casey Kurz for hosting the party in their beautiful home!
Board Member Teresa Ríos and Secretary Rubí Casado
Jeff and Mary Kay Masters sporting the shirts that Pronilor gifted them.
President Luisa, Board members Karla Kurz, and Lilian Chang
Board member Casey Kurz and Treasurer Bob Owens take a moment to smile for the camera.
Jeff and Mary Kay enjoying the wine and the Peruvian “finger foods”!
There were a lot of interesting stories. Jeff and Teresa listen intently to Rubí.
Steve and Jennifer discussing FOOD with Luisa!
Peg Warrick sampling the many treats served by the President
Just before most joined in to sample the many treats! (Ray Warrick and Bill Fanning in the plaid shirts.)
This is the greeting that Board Members, Luisa Ríos-Owens, Robert Owens, Jeff Masters, and Mary Kay Masters, got from the Pronilor kids as they arrived for their visit in early October of 2019.
In spite of all the excitement the kids got back to work almost immediately. The “classroom” is small and narrow, but the teachers have organized the kids into small groups. This is the math group. Notice the two girls in the foreground working together while Señor Juan Carlos gives a math lesson to the others.
Vice-President Jeff Masters and Board member Mary Kay Masters hand out school supply donations to each of the children in our Pronilor Project.VP Jeff couldn’t help but try out his Spanish to make friends.
They are often a little shy about acknowledging the camera!
The room that Pronilor uses is very narrow, but they have organized it to get the most from the three teachers and an aide.
President Luisa Ríos-Owens visited our site in Moyobamba!
Here are some of the kids in the classroom built with funds from contributors to PP.
One of many activities designed to give the children skills that can be used in the area to make money is weaving, baskets, hats, etc.
Peruvian Project, Inc., is currently accepting applications from local Peruvian based non-profits in the Jungle areas of Peru. Peruvian Project, Inc., supports and strengthens local organizations of the jungle area of Peru, with funds and materials that encourage, facilitate, and enable impoverished children to attend school with the end goal of having each child finish high school.
Are you an organization that meets the above requirements or do you know of such an organization?
We encourage you to apply!
Funding is for the 2018 school year (March 2018- December 2018)
This post is a continuation of more success stories by the kids who participated in COCID, a small local non-profit that Peruvian Project, inc has supported for many years now.
Meet Maria Gladys, she is in her last year in the Police Academy in Lima. She was a very good student. and made COCIDs ‘Blue cap’ club -An honor roll of the best COCID kids. The Blue caps are Buffalo Bills caps that were donated by the team several years ago. Her parents sold various things on the street. However, they worked hard to help her get through school so she may have a better life.
Meet Segundo, He was with COCID for five years. He was also part of the Blue caps club He just finished his studies in accounting.
Marilu just finished and graduated from High school. She moved to to Lima and currently is working at the Magazine COSAS.
We are proud of these kids! Just graduating from High school puts them on the path out of poverty!
Peruvian Project, Inc has supported COCID, a local small NGO based in Moyobamba, Peru since our founding in 2007; However, the Rios Owens family has supported COCID since 2002. We are so thrilled to hear about the success stories from the kids who benefit from this program. Here are a few photos of former students and where they are now.
Peruvian Project, inc main goal is to facilitate the poorest of children to graduate from High School. This is a key factor necessary to succeed.
Meet Norvil, Jose, Giovanna, Manuel and Hans!
Norvil accepting school supplies
Norvil a graudate of the COCID program in Moyobamba is now in his 3rd year towards becoming an engineer.
Jose, graduating in 2009, just completed his studies in accounting. He is currently working in his field. He also has returned to help out with various workshops for the current COCID students.
After graduating in 2008, Giovanna now works in the City of Tarapoto. In her free time she helps put on children’s theater and helps her grandparents
Manual just finished his post baccalaureate studies in Nursing to be a Nurse Aid. (Health careers like in most areas of the world are in high demand)
After receiving his high school degree, he has a steady job as a Taxi Driver.
We are so proud of these kids, whether they went on to study more or simply finished high school. The odds against these kids were extremely high. Graduating high school and the lessons they received from COCID prepares them to be productive citizens and to break the cycle of poverty.
One of the biggest frustrations for Peace Corps Volunteers and international aid workers is to ascertain if we are making a difference. You have to trust you are indeed making a difference. Perhaps you will inspire the future President of their country or simply help them reach their own potential and contribute positively in their communities.
The Peruvian Project team is made up of passionate, committed and positive individuals. We trust we can make a difference but from day to day its hard to see if we have indeed made a difference.
We are so proud of all the children and celebrate even the tiniest accomplishments.
Each year, COCID rewards the top kids with caps donated by the Buffalo Bills
But every once awhile we have a star kid who makes us smile from ear to ear. We are so proud! This year we are so proud of Sandro
Sandro studying 2011
Sandro with this brothers/sisters and cousins 2012
Sandro was one of the first kids to start attending PRONILOR (previously known as ASDA,) and he continued until he graduated from High School. Sandro is from Belen which is one of the poorest sections of Iquitos.
Sandro receives an award from Peruvian Project President in 2013
Sandro has been attending the program for 9 years. He was first kid to graduate from High School and the first to get accepted to a technical Institute to study to be a Laboratory Technician.
Sandro posing with his new school uniform
Sandro practicing his new skills!
We are so proud of Sandro! We are so excited for his future!
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