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!
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!
Dear Friends,In our last report, we invited anyone interested in becoming personally involved with our project to apply for a volunteer scholarship. We are excited to share with you the latest edition to our team dedicated to helping children in need: Leah Davidson!Born in China and raised in Quebec, Canada, Leah is currently in her first year at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, and microfinance. At Wharton, Leah is part of the Intercultural Leadership Program and the Compass Fellowship Program, the latter of which provides students with training and mentoring to launch their own social ventures. From June to August, Leah will volunteer with Expand's CASA project, while teaching teenage girls leadership skills through small micro-enterprise projects. These girls have amazing potential and ambition to create change in their communities. Leah is looking forward to working with the youth in Peru, immersing herself in a new culture, and using her business background to make a difference. And, of course, we are excited to have her on our team!In the coming months, we look forward to sharing with you all the creativity of Peru's youth. You can follow their stories and progress, as well as Leah's experience in Peru, through our blog: http://mejorc.wordpress.com/Thank you for your ongoing support!Nadia
Thanks to all the wonderful individuals who showed their support, our December challenge was a great success! As we move forward with our project this year, we look forward to sharing our progress as the months fly by.
We are currently working with our partner, Expand Peru, to provide an amazing group of kids opportunities to build their leadership skills. On a recent trip to the CASA house in Pucara, one of our board members was impressed by the motivation and dedication she saw in the youths who participated in the program. Despite teachers being on strike at the time, all the students – even those in elementary school – were eager to continue learning.
For those dedicated kids who want to learn, we invite your personal involvement. Do you have an interesting talent you want to teach? An exciting project to rally the spirits and challenge growing young minds? If so, please consider applying for a scholarship to volunteer with the CASA kids: http://www.mejorc.org/current.html
We are excited to see what this year brings and will keep you all posted on everything our kids accomplish.
Thanks again for all your support!
We are currently working with our partner, Expand Peru, to provide an amazing group of kids opportunities to build their leadership skills. On a recent trip to the CASA house in Pucara, one of our board members was impressed by the motivation and dedication she saw in the youths who participated in the program. Despite teachers being on strike at the time, all the students – even the elementary school aged students – were eager to continue learning.
And speaking of kids who want to learn… Do you have an interesting talent you want to teach? An exciting project to rally the spirits and challenge growing young minds? Vital knowledge to share with the world? If so, please consider applying for a scholarship to volunteer with the CASA kids in Peru:
Thanks again for all your support! We are excited for everything 2013 will bring.
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