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Sandro- A success story

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

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 studying 2011

Sandro with this brothers/sisters and cousins 2012

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

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 posing with his new school uniform

Sandro practicing his new skills!

Sandro practicing his new skills!

We are so proud of Sandro!  We are so excited for his future!

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Poverty Stats

Perhaps you wonder why we focus on these specific communities at Peruvian Project. Without a doubt there is an emotional aspect to it. Peruvian Project board members grew up in the area and want to do something to give back, or like Peruvian Project President Bob Owens, served in the Peace Corps in Peru and two years is not enough to make a lasting impact.

Beyond the emotional reasons to  help these communities there is a real concrete need in these communities, that is another reason why we do the work we do.

Below are statistics I obtained from Peruvian government document:

Peruvian Project Community: Belen District, Province of Maynas, Department of Loreto

Belen, Iquitos, Peru

Belen, Iquitos, Peru

Population : 74,914     Percentage in Poverty: 38.1%     Percentage in Extreme Poverty: 14.2%

Infant Mortality per 1000: 25   Chronic Malnutrition: 31.1%

Households where children who do not attend school: 4.4%

Girls from Belen Iquitos Peru

Girls from Belen Iquitos Peru

Peruvian Project does their small part to reduce the poverty statistic. Your donations go towards paying for teachers and programs such as Wellness, nutrition, business skills and other life skills.  Our first goal is to ensure each child makes it through school and graduates from High School. Getting an education is step towards breaking the cycle of poverty.

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