Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc.

Poverty is an attitude problem. Stated this way, without preamble, does come off as rather arrogant and insensitive. However, simple observation of programs and projects over the past twenty years in El Salvador shows that socio-economic underdevelopment is not caused by lack of financial resources, nor by lack of opportunity. The hope for a new era of progress and development generated by the ending of the Salvadoran conflict was frustrated as it faced the reality of perpetual and traditional cycles of poverty. Transforming the condition of chronic underdevelopment depends mainly on building a positive attitude, displacing the characteristic complacency of the population designated under t...

Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc.
2354
Sue Ann Dr.
Lancaster, Pa. 17602
United States
717-299-9292
http://www.peofoundation.org

President

Donald Warnick

Board of Directors

Myron Fehr, Donald L Warnick, Ronald A Brenneman, Aristides S Sorto, Jorge A Tolentino

Project Leaders

Ronald Brenneman

Mission

Poverty is an attitude problem. Stated this way, without preamble, does come off as rather arrogant and insensitive. However, simple observation of programs and projects over the past twenty years in El Salvador shows that socio-economic underdevelopment is not caused by lack of financial resources, nor by lack of opportunity. The hope for a new era of progress and development generated by the ending of the Salvadoran conflict was frustrated as it faced the reality of perpetual and traditional cycles of poverty. Transforming the condition of chronic underdevelopment depends mainly on building a positive attitude, displacing the characteristic complacency of the population designated under the category of "poor." Socioeconomic development depends then on the quality of human development; education of a quality that deters the transfer of negative attitudes to the new generations. Faced with this challenge, Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc (PEOF) was formed in 2007 with the objective to develop proposals, contribute to the construction of solutions and with the mission of community enrichment through education.

Programs

PEOF established the Amun Shea, Center for Integral Development as its first action since untried proposals do not qualify as solutions. Shea Amun means "Land of Seedlings" in the original language of the region, Lenca Poton and aims to build an educational model based on positive attitude and to produce tangible changes in the regional poverty indicators. Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation is searching for people, organizations and related institutions to join in with this effort to create effective models for sustainable development and personal wellbeing. Amun Shea is an ambitious educational project designed to contribute to the transformation of the reality of a self-perpetuating underdevelopment which has a stranglehold on the region of northern Morazan in El Salvador. It seeks to reverse this repetitive cycle through a human development which includes: 1. A change of attitude, leaving behind the conformist excuses for underdevelopment and assuming personal responsibility. 2. Building skills, a learning process relevant to the local environment and based on socio-economic development problems in the area. The research, experimentation and development of processes and products complement the technical and scientific knowledge with critical thinking capable of influencing public policy, of planning, debate and negotiation. 3. Creating opportunity, in order to reduce the brain drain of skilled human resources and to contribute to overcoming the socioeconomic stagnation. The Amun Shea educational project consists of four programs: 1. PBL Laboratory. Changing the concept of Education Problem Based Learning focused on local developmental issues through on-site investigation, building proposals and applying solutions at the ground-level. 2. Nutrition. Change in eating habits A basic cornerstone in human development. The program includes nutrition training and workshops, medical checkups and monitoring and the planting, processing and consumption of vegetables, fruits, proteins and grains. 3. Creative Achievement. Awakening the inner power Integrated development includes: Performing and Visual Arts: music, dance, theatre, painting, plastic arts and audio-visual presentations. Sports: competitive team sports, as well as individual disciplines to foment personal development. Languages: stressing English as essential for global communication and interaction. Mental Health: includes attention to conflict and violence related trauma, conflict resolution and emotional maturity. 4. Infrastructure Investment. Access to the means of achievement The creation of opportunity depends largely on the availability of infrastructure resources, for the campus itself as well as capital expenditures.

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Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $100,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $100,000
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, Book sales
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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