2.- "AYNIKUY", in Quechua means to help each other or to cooperate
Aynikuy is also the name of The Mountain Fund's new micro-finance program in Peru.
Why a micro-finance program in Peru?
The typical salary in Peru (if you can get a job) is about US$205 per month. Families cannot live on so small an income so many families have started very small businesses as street vendors, small libraries, hardware shops, grocery shops, etc. These entrepreneurs do not have easy access to needed capital to purchase inventory, or to expand and improve their businesses. Banks ask for collateral which people do not have, or charge interest rates that are too high.
3.- JUAN PABLO II ORPHANAGE & KINDERGARDEN:
This home is supported by the Cusco Regional Government. There are 60 orphans in this home ranging in age from 1-18 years old. 80% of residents are children and 20% are teens. These children are orphans due to bad social and economic problems with their families and were sent by the courts to live here. Again, they are what is called “social orphans” meaning they have biological families living, but unable or unwilling to support these children. The children live in “apartments” in groups of 10, with each group having a house mother who takes care of them.
4.- SANTA ANA MEDICAL CLINIC:
There’s a small and simple clinic located in “SANTA ANA”, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Cusco. The clinic rents the facility from the neighborhood, and therefore they work mostly with the neighbors and farmers that come from nearby villages. On average, the clinic sees 50-60 patients per week.
The clinic has 2 doctors, 2 dentists, 1 obstetrician, 3 nurses, 1 chief of laboratory, and 1 secretary; all of whom are volunteers. They are also involved in disaster prevention and other social work. The clinic performs basic medical procedures, dental work, some obstetrician care, birth control counseling, etc. They send people who need surgeries to the hospitals, as they don’t have the finances or facility to conduct surgeries.
The clinic is in need of doctors, dentists, obstetricians; basically any volunteers who can perform any kind of medical work. The clinic also needs administrative volunteers for the office.
5.- PELUCHES FOR PERU
Provide a Merry Christmas to needy children residing in the Cuzco/Sacred Valley area through the gifting of stuffed animals.
· Our team will solicit stuffed animal donations through social media and handle the collection.
· We are hoping that we can send the stuffed animals to you for distribution to local orphanages and schools. We especially want all of the children at the school we visited to get a peluche. Read more…
6.- DELIVERING CHRISTMAS GIFTS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO POOR KIDS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Every year some of our clients and friends donate gifts which we deliver for Christmas in a poor area in Cusco or in a poor village in the country side, it is also a party where the poor kids have a good time, we give them bread and hot Chocolate too!
Donations of school supplies, toys, clothes, money for buying the bread, chocolate, etc, are needed... Read more....