Dear GlobeMed Family and Friends,
This is an incredibly exciting time of year for both Kallpa Iquitos and GlobeMed at the University of Rochester because six interns from GlobeMed at the University of Rochester have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to assist Kallpa Iquitos directly by going to Peru for a month!
Kallpa and the interns have been extremely busy since the last project report. Kallpa has seen attendance at the the youth groups remain steady, and just recently Pampachica held a mural painting contest where residents were encouraged to paint murals addressing issues within their community such as pollution and domestic violence. In addition to starting to talk about problems within their community, Kallpa has also been active in combating these problems. Take pollution for instance: in addition to last year's trash conversion fashion show, the youth in Pampachica have advocated for a cleaner community by placing trash bins throughout El Aguaje and helping clean up trash that migrates into the community during rainy season.
To help empower youth in Pampachica, Kallpa Iquitos has been active in holding "talleres" or workshops at the community youth centers that present information regarding important issues and help the youth hone their leadership skills. The talleres are structured more as conversations rather than lectures and encourage the youth to ask questions and share their thoughts about the issues being discussed. Some of the topics of the talleres include sexual and reproductive health and understanding the qualities of a good leader.
The work being done in Pampachica by the youth and Kallpa Iquitos is encouraging, empowering to the area, and helped tremendously by your donations. Thank you for your contributions, and we and Kallpa Iquitos look forward to your continued support!
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester
We are excited to inform you of some exciting updates from our partner, Kallpa Iquitos, in Peru.
Recently Kallpa Iquitos hosted an event for World AIDS Day within one of the nine neighborhoods. People were able to receive free HIV testing along with fun activities such as volleyball and soccer.
The sexual and reproductive health clinic is up and running and the youth are actively working to help members of the Iquitos community know about this important resource. There are nine sexual health student leaders who have made a plan to work with five families a month in order for the entire community to know about the clinic and services that are now available and raise awareness about sexual health issues.
The youth in Iquitos have been extremely busy with the completion of two new youth centers and a community library. Currently the members of the Youth Network are working on a constitution to formalize their internal rules and then start to have a more solid role within their government.
Right now, Kallpa Iquitos is looking forward to building a park close to a school in one of the neighborhoods where they recently bought land. There are plans in place to have a playground set up within the area next year. Your support has helped both GlobeMed and Kallpa Iquitos immensely. We look forward to your continued support.
After weeks of final exams and winter break relaxation, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester is back in action! The chapter continues to work with our partner Kallpa Iquitos to promote equal access to health, particularly with youth, in Iquitos, Peru. Kallpa has made significant progress in regards to program development over the last few months and we would like to share these updates with you.
Since the summer 2013 GROW internship, Kallpa has established all of the youth groups in the community's nine neighborhoods. The communities held an inauguration ceremony to celebrate this immense progress. Many of these groups, such as those in the Pasaje Ivan and El Aguaje neighborhoods, have already purchased their own youth centers! The opening of new youth centers enables children, adolescents, and youth leadership to access health and educational resources in their own neighborhoods, rather than having to travel to the central one in El Porvenir.
Next up is Kallpa’s plan to implement peer health advocacy groups, made possible by the recently established Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultory in El Porvenir. In one of the first weeks, 12 young adults visited to use the free health consulting service.
Two of our members who participated in the GROW Internship have continued to engage with Iquitos through a research project. After noticing disappointing trends in the number of students who finish classes in preparation for the Secondary School Exit Exam, these members decided to research factors that impact educational outcomes. The goal of the project is to provide local planners with education assessment data in order for them to create programs that increase school completion.
Both Kallpa and GlobeMed appreciate your support, as the above achievements could not have been possible without you and we hope for your continued support in the future.