Help me help them! Volunteering in Perù

Jole Lutzu Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 - End Date: Oct 20, 2017
  • Lima, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru

My Travel Story

by: Jole Lutzu Start Date: Jun 21, 2017 - End Date: Oct 20, 2017
I am Jole, an italian architecture student. In the next November I will travel to Lima, Perù to volunteering in the kindergarten  I.E. Cuna -Jardín "Santa Teresita" in Manchay, right outside of Lima. I will help the staff and other volunteers with the teaching classes for kids, counseling for the families and promoting courses of professional training and of orientation to the work, with the purpose of occupying the women in worthy jobs, allowing their children to continue the studies.

The big majority (85%), of the evacuees of the last civil war (1980 -2000) and of their families has decided to remain in kinds of city-shelter, in first place Lima and its outskirts. Among these last ones we find Manchay with around 70.000 inhabitants, almost all "desplazados" or dispersed because of the conflict. The inhabitants of Manchay bring on itself the signs of the war. Culture is strongly  "machista", the man is to the center of the couple of the family and of the society.
The difficult situation above described it degenerates in crisis of values and violence passes on the same components of the family nucleus, perpetuating itself down through generations. Violence is accented by the economic and social difficulties of breadths layers of the population and that it finds as victims women and children.

Due to a violence so widespread within the families, children assume aggressive attitudes, intolerant. They become irritable, anxious, they bring in their intimate a sense of insecurity and they manifest problems in the learning. Here in the kindergarten St. Teresita, founded in 1993 by the Small Missionary Nuns of the Charity (Piccole Suore Missionarie della Carità PSMC), they find a sure place whether to be, to eat, to start to realate to each other in a healthy way.
The 180 children of the St. Teresita, of inclusive age between 1 and 5 years, they are almost all coming from uncomfortable families of desplazados, they live in the precarious residences, very often to the limit of the extreme poverty. 
St. Teresita also works to develope for their mothers strategies of psychological accompaniment, helping them facing the elaboration of the trauma and the contrast to the violence.

Your donation will help me organize materials and basic needs to teaching classes and training courses. 

Thank you for supporting me, the children in Manchay and their families. Your help will  make a difference for sure.


  • Lima, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru