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Where We Work


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Where We Work


PASEO and its partner projects are based in three locations in Peru: Huanchaco, Trujillo, and Ayacucho. During their time in Peru, students will mainly live and work in Huanchaco.

Huanchaco is a surfing and fishing village about 30 minutes north of Trujillo, the capital of the region, La Libertad, and the third biggest city in Peru. Huanchaco is best known for having waves that are surfable year-round and for it's traditional ancient fishing methods using reed fishing boats called Caballitos de Totora. These boats data back 3,000 years and numerous festivals throughout the year celebrate this fishing culture.

The town of Huanchaco has about 5000 inhabitants, and is home to several shanty towns that are largely populated by migrants from the highlands. Many of these migrants came to the coastal region due to extensive flooding caused by the natural phenomenon El Niño in 1997/98. Most of the partner projects PASEO works with in Huanchaco are located in or directly serve these migrant populations. In addition to the influx of migrants over the past twenty years, Huanchaco has also had a small but significant increase in the number of European expats living in the area. This population change is largely related to the increasing presence of international NGOs and international schools in the Trujillo area, as well as to the pleasant climate and laid-back lifestyle.

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Huanchaco


Service learning partners in and around Huanchaco...

Huanchaco


Service learning partners in and around Huanchaco...

EL COMEDOR

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PASEO works with the HELP Women program, which is part of the Otra Cosa Network. HELP Women supports women involved in a local Comedor (which roughly translates to canteen, or cafeteria) who are provided with funds to purchase and prepare two meals a day/five days a week for their children.  El Comedor also provides the children and their mothers with a safe space where they can play, do their homework, do crafts or just have socialize with friends and community members.  PASEO students at El Comedor work directly with the children, adolescents, and mothers, providing social skills groups, psychology workshops, parent-training, and brief, solutions-focused therapy. 

MUNDO DE NIÑOS

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Mundo de Niños is a residential home that identifies children living in the street who have been abandoned or are in situations of extreme neglect or abuse by their families. Mundo de Niños staff work to create a trusting relationship with the children, and if their situations are extreme, conducts a thorough evaluation to determine if they would benefit from being placed in a home. The boys who live at the children's home mostly come from families with major economic stresses in addition to psychological and social problems.

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Trujillo


Service learning partners in and around Trujillo...

Trujillo


Service learning partners in and around Trujillo...

TULIA HERRERA LEON

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Tulio Herrera León began as the only special education center in La Libertad tailored to the needs of the 4,500 people in the area with visual deficiencies. The mission of the School is to offer education and vocational training to those in need in order to ensure their participation in the socio-economic development of Peru. Now, the school has opened its door to children with other types of disabilities such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders, as well as students with Autism Spectrum disorders.

LA FISCALÍA

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The court’s Juvenile Restorative Justice Program (Justicia Juvenil Restaurativa) combines counseling and treatment to improve their educational, social, and vocational skills and activities to improve their civic commitment by recognizing responsibility for and repairing damage association with their crime. The program intends to prevent unnecessary harm to the youth who has committed a criminal offense that is not serious, allowing him or her to continue to remain with and be nurtured by the family and community rather than experiencing the trauma that often accompanies a jail or prison term.  

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Ayacucho


Ayacucho


SOLID peru

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Solid Peru is an organization located in the central highlands of Peru that seeks to provide economic and social empowerment services to vulnerable groups as well as social entrepreneurs in order to improve the quality of life of all participants.

Diamanta is a social enterprise organization that includes both a psychosocial arm (Dia) and an economic arm (Manta). The Manta program provides knitting classes and a fully-equipped workshop where adolescents and mothers create high-quality alpaca-knit products that are exported and sold to carefully-selected markets in Europe. Manta provides regular and well-paid work for individuals at-risk, or in the throes of, poverty. PASEO works more directly with the psychosocial arm of the organization, or Dia. Dia has 4 main projects aimed at empowering adolescent mothers, attending to the social and psychological needs of teens affected by sexual abuse, preparing adolescents who cannot return home for independent living, and providing school-based psychosocial care for adolescents who are victims of bullying, physical assault, or sexual abuse.