Marjorie Díaz Redolfo, IDEHPUCP
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.