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.
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.
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!
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!
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