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...
Oct 15, 2014

Project Fin - Thank you for your support!

Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project over the past several years.  As we bring it to a close, we'd like to tell you how much you have helped:  Through your gift you have helped us and our partner organization in Peru provide after-school programming for children with little to no home support, including a teacher, materials, and additional volunteers. Besides the educational aspect, this CASA project has allowed them a safe place to be after school while their parent/s are away working. The children have made it through these past years in school with your help.  

Older youth have also had the opportunity to learn about small business management through a youth project which helped them create and maintain a small bakery. By giving them an opportunity to be leaders, we have helpe increase their self-confidence and sense of worth and self-efficacy.  We can only imagine the impact this will have on the rest of their lives.

Though we hope to keep track of these youth throughout the years, our relationship with our partner organization has changed, and we will be seperating from them and beginning to search for a new partner, and new project to embark upon.  Please continue to follow us as we determine our next project focus.

Sincerely,

Katie Masferrer

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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