A Global Friendship creates economic opportunity for artisans in developing regions by building market access and small business skills. Proceeds from sales go back to the artisans and their communities. In addition to opportunity, A Global Friendship provides community development projects in accordance to the need of our artisan's communities. Our focus in Peru will be to build sinks and toilets in the community's primary school, and a dental check up for the children with a volunteer dentist.
A key tenet of community development is education, preferably in a safe and comfortable environment. Unfortunately the community primary school in Ampay, Peru has been hindered by lack of running water and sanitary conditions. A water pipe providing running water to the school has ruptured forcing the community to use questionable and undependable water sources for sanitation. This exposure to unsanitary conditions is a major health hazard for the children.
The lack of proper toilet facilities causes many students to fall prey to diseases such as schistosomiasis, malaria, dysentery, and e-coli. Our initiative will focus on building new toilet facilities both at the preschool and elementary school, the installation of soap dispensers, and a dental check up with a volunteer dentist and supplies. Building new toilets, improving the water line and providing supplies swill ensure that the Ampay children have a sanitary and safe environment at school.
Providing sanitary toilet facilities and dental check ups and supplies will be highly beneficial to the Ampay community as the children will be less susceptible to diseases like malaria and e-coli. This will reduce the number of absentees from school and increase attendance. Regular school attendance is essential to ensure that children can maximize opportunities for learning at school. These new facilities will benefit 174 children at pre-school and elementary school levels annually.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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