Community work with underprivileged children in Cusco, Peru
What does the project do?
The Mother's Association was founded in 2001 as there were many underprivileged parents who were not able to find child care while they went to work. This Association was urgently set up to provide the support that these families needed so that the parents could work safe in the knowledge that their children were being looked after. Presently the association is composed of 70 families who have opened their doors to provide the love and attention that these children need.
What's the project like?
We work with two projects in Cusco, Cuna Urpicha ('little doves' in Quechan) which looks after approximately 20 children aged from 6 months to 3 years and also Yachay Wasi ('House of Knowledge' in Quechan) that has approximately 30 children aged between 6 and 12 years. Paola is a mum of a small boy who looks after the children at Cuna Urpicha along with 2 other women but is desperate for more help but does not have the funding for this. Yachay Wasay is run by Quintina a mum of 5 children, besides her own children there are 35 children who come to Quintina's house. Quintina also has the help of a tutor for the children. As you can imagine the homes are full of little children that love life and the attention that you can give and will enjoy the games, songs, dancing that you can do!
Do you love working with children and want to live in one of the most beautiful places in Peru?
Peru is a country steeped in history with Cusco being at the heart of the Incan Empire with many of the Incan ruins nearby, not forgetting the infamous Machu Picchu too! However despite the many tourists that visit, Peru is still a relatively poor country and you will be looking after underprivileged children from the age of 6 months to 12 years giving them the care and attention that they need. Local mother's who are concerned about the plight of these children have opened their doors in order to look after them and give them the daily care that they need. Extra pairs of hands are needed though and this is where you come in! By looking after these children in Cusco you will be giving them the best start in life with that extra care and attention not to mention some valuable help with homework along with lots of smiles and laughter along the way!
- Look after some amazing children from underprivileged backgrounds
- Live in one of the most amazing places in Peru - home to many Inca ruins!
- Experience some Inca Cola!
- Cusco is the number one tourist destination in Peru and has some great night life!