MEJOR Communities

MEJOR Communities (MEJORC) was founded in 2007 based on a simple idea: health creates opportunities. MEJORC stands for Managing, Executing and Joining Opportunities for Rural Communities. In Spanish, "mejor" means "better." Our mission is to provide training opportunities to rural communities so that they may make educated decisions regarding their physical and emotional health, resulting in individuals who feel invested in and capable of creating positive change in their communities. We address health challenges in rural Peru by training local youth to recognize priorities in their communities, with a focus on hygiene, nutrition and emotional health. We work with...
Mar 7, 2014

An Invitation to Meet the CASA Kids

Luis
Luis

Hello Friends,

We'd like to take a moment to introduce you to one of the CASA kids: Luis.

Born in July, Luis will be 13 years old this year. He lives with his brothers while his parents, both farmers, work and live in a town several miles away. In total, he has nine siblings! Like other kids his age, he loves to read and play games. When he grows up, he dreams of being a detective. We can't thank you enouch for your generous support through the CASA program, which has provided him a safe place for his creativity and excitement for life to flourish.

Interested in meeting Luis and his friends in person? Volunteer with the CASA program this summer! The deadline to submit an application for our scholarship is March 31, 2014. (See the link below for details on how to apply.)

As always, we look forward to working with the amazing individuals who support kids like Luis.

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Dec 6, 2013

An Update From Peru

Posing for fun pictures
Posing for fun pictures

Dear Friends,

As we near the holidays and the end of the year, we'd like to share another update with you from the amazing kids in Peru.

Over the summer, our volunteer, Leah, started two successful businesses: an entrepreneurial bakery with teenage girls and a women’s knitting co-operative. The bakery was so successful, our partner organization, Expand Peru, took the project under their wing and will continue to support the girls as they develop their business acumen. Leah has been in contact with several retail platforms to promote products created through the knitting co-operative for sale in the U.S. Check out the scarf and hat below – what incredible talent!

Continuing the great work is our new volunteer, Chesalyn Melgar. In addition to several smaller projects, Chesalyn will be mentoring the girls who started the bakery to support their development and commitment to success. For her first month in Peru, Chesalyn was a big part of a construction project in support of a family in need. She, along with several other volunteers, built a large adobe addition - complete with electricity - to the family's home. You can follow real-time updates on these projects through our blog: http://mejorc.wordpress.com/.

As always, we encourage your active involvement in making a difference in the youths' lives. We invite you to apply for a scholarship to volunteer with the CASA kids: http://www.mejorc.org/current.html.

Thanks again for your continued support!

Nadia

What amazing talent!
What amazing talent!

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Aug 27, 2013

EmPOWERment: Baking up a Storm!

Dear Friends,

As we near the end of August - and Leah's time in Peru - we'd like to take a moment to share with you the amazing work our kids have accomplished.

Reaching out to the local community, we were able to recruit 10-12 enthusiastic girls (and one boy) to form the youth group, EmPOWERment. These group of hard-working individuals worked closely for the past few months towards the grand opening of their own bakery. Under Leah's guidance, they wrote a comprehensive business plan, created a budget with the prices of ingredients and cooking utensils, and prepared a marketing plan, complete with posters. After months of hard work, they greeted their first customers under their official banner proudly displaying the name of their new business: "Cafeteria Leah and Friends"! 

We invite you to check out our link below for a video on the steps taken towards this grand opening. We look forward to sharing with you more updates in the coming months. Remember to follow our blog or like us on facebook to follow along in real-time!

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