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Project Peru is a development charity focused on empowering Peruvian children through health care and education programs. The organization does so by implementing projects designed to fortify the family and community-based systems on which children’s wellness and education depend.

Project Peru’s vision is focused on reducing the barriers to opportunity by improving access to healthcare and education for children. Freedom from illiteracy and illness restores to children the opportunities to which they are entitled and increases the likelihood that they may achieve their own goals. Project Peru’s holistic understanding of its mission is based on the belief that fostering opportunity should be the means and end of development.

What We Do
Project Peru empowers Peruvian children by increasing their opportunity in a trying socio-economic environment. Past projects have engaged communities to participate in education and healthcare improvement, community resource development, and awareness programs. A focus on community participation enhances the opportunity to build self-determination and project sustainability.

The following lists the key projects our organization has put in place since 1999:

  • Asentamiento Humano Portales de Puruchuco Community Park and Playground
  • Computer Assistance Program for the Santo Domingo Savio School in Santa Anita
  • Asentamiento Humano Tupac Amaru School Rebuilding Project
  • Doctor's Day in the city of Ate Vitarte
  • Construction of Medical Clinic in Puruchuco
  • Medical supplies and pharmaceutical donation program
  • Scholarship Program

The Links Between Economic Disparity, Education and Health Care
Peru's economy grew 5.2 percent in 2002, more than that of any other Latin American country according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA). Yet, according to the World Bank World Development Indicators, almost half of its population was living in poverty.

This is a particularly vulnerable situation for children. According to UNICEF, of the 3.8 million people living in extreme poverty in Peru, 2.1 million are children. Of the total 10.2 million under-18 population, more than 6.5 million live below the poverty line.

The unequal distribution of resources in Peru creates a more complex problem than increased income can fix alone. Peru’s poor must first have the opportunity to increase their economic productivity. Access to adequate education and healthcare is the foundation of a society in which productivity potential can be realized and a child’s concern can rise above subsistence and reach self-determination.

Partnerships enhance the value of Project Peru’s efforts. In the past, the following organizations have contributed to the success of Project Peru’s mission.

  • Non-Governmental Organizations
    Habitat for Humanity
    Colonia Peruana de Massachusetts (COPEMA)
    Federacion Internacional de Fe y Alegria
  • Corporate Organizations
    Pepsi Bottling Group
    New England Patriots Charitable Foundation
    MFS Charitable Foundation
    Citizens Funds
    St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Municipalities and Government Agencies
    Muncipalidad Distrital de Ate
    Consulate General of Peru - Boston, MA
    Consulate General of Peru – New York, NY

Guiding Principles
Project Peru is efficient, independent and accountable. None of the organization’s staff is paid, so all of our resources support program activities. The organization partners with several corporate and non-profit organizations, but is free of any political or religious interests as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States and a designated O.N.G. charity in Peru.

Project Peru was founded in 1999 by Stephen and Cecilia Rosario Drake. Cecilia is from Peru and her family still resides in Lima. Living in America with a tremendous amount of opportunity, one quickly realizes the troubling situation of many Peruvian children and their families. Project Peru hopes to restore the dignity and hope that can be lost in a challenging socio-economic environment through empowerment and provide future opportunities on which children and their families can build.

Project Peru was founded on a dream and a promise. The dream that needy Peruvian children, their families and their communities would have an opportunity to improve their lives and the promise of a dedicated organization to work with them through a number of different projects to realize this dream.

Since its inception, Project Peru has been involved in a number of community and developmental projects focused in the health care and educational areas with the fundamental goal of improvement and empowerment for the children of Peru. Making a difference with tangible projects has been our aim, smiling children with new hope and promise is our greatest reward.

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