In the fall of 2016 I worked with Sagrada Familia as a TFI fellow. La Comunidad Sagrada Familia is a school for 1200 children and has a residential program for students who cannot live at home, either because of problems in their family or because they are from a province outside of Lima. I spent two months focused on direct programming for the youth. I taught English classes and ran leadership workshops during the school hours. Read more »
It’s right there in the name, “Hogar de Esperanza Mama Victoria” . I can’t find any better word to encapsulate the feeling at the Mama Victoria women’s shelter in Lima, Peru. A sunlit grassy courtyard, chickens lazily pecking at bugs, and fresh-painted pottery drying in the sun all lend to the feeling of new opportunities, of safety, and overall, of hope.
Started in 2007, the Mama Victoria shelter is the project of the incredible Nelly Villegas. She overcame the difficulties life threw at her and went on to develop a program to support local women in need. Read more »
When children grow up in the poorest neighborhoods with the lowest-performing schools, how can they break out of the cycle of poverty? This question arises again and again, in all corners of the world. In a community like Callao, an impoverished neighborhood of Lima, Peru, educational opportunities and social support is essential to allowing children to have a different future from that of their parents.
Coprodeli’s educational program works to address this and offers new avenues to children in need. As a part of my program visit to Peru, I went to see the work of this organization. Read more »
Sagrada Familia, April 18 and 19 2016
As I followed Miguel Rodriguez across the dusty concrete in a facility, I watched him greet each child, stooping to hug the littlest ones and laughing with the older ones. Miguel runs Sagrada Familia outside Lima, Peru, supporting 1,200 children between the school and the shelter. Sagrada Familia is a 25 year old organization that TFI has been supporting since 2011 and was my first site visit as a Program Officer.
Going into this program visit, I had heard stories and had some expectation of what it would be like—but I was caught off guard. Read more »
Peru, Winter 2013
To be given a second chance in life, and to rejoice in re-connecting with some of the girls whom I helped to mentor on my previous visit is a once-in-a-lifetime gift that TFI has so generously offered to me!
Based on my assessment from the last visit, along with the medical director’s support, I returned with a master’s internship project in public health, aimed towards youth empowerment through learning their understanding and experiences with health, stress and conflict within La Comunidad, and piloted a community health worker system to teach the youth a psychosocial health curriculum based on compassionate communication and mindfulness practices. Read more »
Peru, Summer 2011
Thanks to TFI, I have had an amazing, and one of the most humbling experiences, working with children, teenagers and young adults in La Comunidad de los Ninos Sagrada Familia in Lima, Peru. A community that started as a refuge for orphans and street children in 1989 in the middle of a sandy desert on the outskirts of Lima, it has now expanded into a home for 850 children, ages 1 month to 21 years, complete with a public school, more than eight after-school programs to teach children to be self-sufficient (including bakery, sewing, welding, music and different levels of English classes), and a medical clinic that serves residents from within and outside of the community. Read more »
Peru, Spring 2011
Through The Forgotten International’s Fellowship Program, I volunteered for two months at a shelter and school for women and children called Mama Victoria in Lima, Peru. The school and shelter is located in a district of Lima called Chorrillos, which has the highest rate of domestic abuse in the city. The organization, Mama Victoria, provides a safe environment for women escaping domestic violence and gives refuge to their children as well. The shelter was started by a local woman and is maintained by local volunteers. Read more »