Somos un grupo de 16 estudiantes de diversas especialidades de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) que busca llegar a Cuncani para poder trabajar con la comunidad un proyecto denominado Fortaleciendo Lazos en Cuncani, que contribuya a fortalecer su sentido de comunidad y las relaciones que existen entre sus miembros. Creemos que de esta forma ayudaremos a la comunidad a identificar qué es lo que quieren lograr para su futuro y proponer alternativas a las problemáticas de su realidad. Todo esto es posible gracias a la alianza establecida con Nexos Comunitarios.
¿Por qué es importante trabajar con Cuncani?
Cuncani es una comunidad rural en los Andes del Perú, que tiene que enfrentar muchas dificultades en diferentes dimensiones de su vida diaria:
De acuerdo a estadísticas oficiales, Cuncani figura entre las comunidades más pobres del país.
La población infantil tiene mayor tendencia a sufrir de desnutrición crónica porque las familias no pueden costear una dieta nutritiva.
Los ciudadanos de Cuncani no reciben un servicio de salud adecuado, pues el centro médico se encuentra a una gran distancia.
Si bien la comunidad tiene su propia organización y autoridades locales, estos no participan activamente ni demandan la mejora de los servicios públicos.
¿Qué haremos con la comunidad?
Para ello, hemos pensado primero realizar un diagnóstico social en la comunidad, que permita conocer más sobre las familias que conforman Cuncani. Indagaremos aspectos relacionados a su salud, educación y economía. Además, queremos conocer su perspectiva de desarrollo y comunidad, su vida cotidiana, y su nivel de participación en la búsqueda de soluciones a las problemáticas de su comunidad.
Posteriormente, queremos implementar algunas actividades con las familias de Cuncani, a manera de talleres participativos, que les permita mejorar sus lazos comunitarios y reflexionar sobre el desarrollo que buscan para su comunidad. Asimismo, buscamos trabajar con ellos y ellas el reconocimiento de sus habilidades para que comiencen a ejercer sus derechos en diversas situaciones de su día a día. En esta línea, también trabajaremos con los niños y niñas de Cuncani, de forma lúdica, temas de identidad con su comunidad.
Si quieres apoyar nuestra iniciativa, por favor visita esta página y haz tu contribución. Todo el dinero donado irá directamente al pago de nuestro viaje desde Lima hasta Cuncani.
We are a group of 17 young students from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in Lima and are on different programs of study. We’re looking forward to arriving to Cuncani in Cusco in order to work with the community on a project named ‘Strengthening Ties within Cuncani’, that will contribute to forging a stronger sense of community and their intra-community relationships.
We believe that, in this way, we will help the community in identifying what they want to achieve for their future and that they feel they can propose their own solutions to the problems they face nowadays. All this is possible thanks to the partnership with Nexos Comunitarios.
Why is important to work with Cuncani?
Cuncani is a rural community located in the Andes of Peru, that has to face many difficulties within many areas of their everyday life:
According to official government statistics, they are one of the poorest communities in Peru.
The children are more likely to suffer malnutrition because families are not able to afford vegetables or fruit and provide a nutritious diet for their children.
They don´t have access to proper health services due to the distance between the community and the closest health centre.
The community has their own internal governing body and structure but community members do not actively participate fully in this structure.
What are we going to do with the community?
First, we are going to collect up-to-date information from the community so we are able to know more about the families with whom NC has been working. We will conduct research about basic topics like health, education, and the local economy. In addition, we want to know their perspective of development and community; the intricacies of their daily life and the ways they participate in their community.
After this, we want to organize some activities with the families of Cuncani. For example, workshops that will focus on strengthening the sense of community identity and the relationships between them and encourage them to think about what kind of development they envisage for the future. Furthermore, we want to help the members of the community recognize their own inherent abilities so they can exercise their rights in different aspects of their daily life. Finally, we will work with the children of Cuncani, using playful interactive methods to learn how they identify with their community.
If you want to support our initiative, please visit this page and make your contribution. All the money donated will go towards supporting our trip from Lima to the community of Cuncani.
This conversation occurs frequently when I am meeting with people here in Peru for the first time. Kenji Fujimori is a business man/politician who has been serving as a congressman. His name is well known because of his father Alberto Fujimori, who was the 62nd Peruvian president from 1990 to 2000. It is nice, in a way, how Peruvians are familiar with the name ‘Kenji’, but I am also a little hesitant to be associated with the image of another individual. Indeed, my name is 健次(Kenji) in Japanese, whereas Mr. Fujimori’s first name is written as 健二(Kenji). I hope you can spot the difference between these two characters.
Graduating from Carleton University in June 2017, I am now working for a Peruvian based non-profit organization, NC. This very first blog post of mine (indeed, first ever in my life) will be used to introduce a little bit about myself, and the reasons behind me joining this organization.
I was born in Tokyo, the capital city in Japan. Just like one can imagine, Tokyo is one of the most famous, developed, and congested cities in the world. Most of my childhood memories gathered around this city. In 2006, when my dad was posted to Ottawa in Canada, I believe there was a turning point in my life. For the 11 year old kid, without any knowledge about foreign cultures nor languages, I remember feeling a surge of anxiety. However, the years in Canada turned out to be some of the most exciting and unforgettable memories of my life.
Being exposed to people with different backgrounds in a multicultural city was an especially eye-opening experience for an ignorant boy like myself. In my ESL (English Second Language) class, I became very good friends with some of the students who had come from countries with various social and political issues. The hardships they had gone through in their home towns during childhood were completely different from my comfortable life in Tokyo. Some of them had worked their whole life to make their living and never had a chance to attend school. One of them told me his story of hunting wild birds with his slingshot in his village. Through Japanese public education, I was aware of some difficulties that people were confronting in other parts of the world. Nonetheless, hearing such stories from my friends were thought-provoking. Since then, I had become interested in the field of international development.
“If we help, no one will suffer.” I first held this optimistic view towards development in other countries in my middle school. However, through my Bachelor program specializing in the international development studies, I have learnt about many development initiatives that have failed. Good intentions are not always enough to make positive change. There are a variety of skills and abilities needed to produce positive impacts. In my opinion, however, the relationship with local communities is the most important consideration in achieving sustainable development. As development workers, we must understand and respect the local culture, and design development programs in collaboration with local people in order to meet the true needs of these communities.
This skill of building trust with communities can only be acquired through experience in the field, and cannot be replaced by any form of education in school. This is the main reason why I am here in Urubamba, with NC who shares this same belief and value. Furthermore, I strongly believe this opportunity will significantly contribute to my professional and personal growth.
Nexos Comunitarios is currently a team of four permanent staff members, which may seem very small. However, we have substantial potential in facilitating sustainable development projects within the Urubamba region. In our living room, there is a quote by Margaret Mead saying: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
From now on, I will be writing posts in our blog about the activities of our organization These posts will be mainly focus on our main projects, such as Sustainable Home Project, Sustainable Tourism (Media Luna & Cuncani), and the Photovoice Project in the remote Andean community of Cuncani. At the same time, I am looking forward to sharing various interesting aspects of my life in Peru!
Thank you for reading my first post and I hope you enjoy my weekly posts!