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Support for the integral development of children and adolescents in province Datem del Marañón in Peru – continuation 3

Peru, a developing country, needs assistance in many areas. One of them is education – the country spends only 2.8% of its GDP on it. The Loreto Region, including the Datem del Marañón province, where the volunteers work, faces many problems: unstable political situation, debt, corruption, unemployment, poverty, discrimination and lack of access to education. The geographical location of the city of San Lorenzo, which is where the project is implemented, that is its distance from the urbanised areas, has a negative influence on its economic growth.

The project responds to the unequal access to education problem and to the negligence in raising children. The volunteer work consists of conducting a wide range of classes that support the integral development of children and youth and create an opportunity to reduce the scale of the problem. Education and creating a positive educational community – the main objectives of the project – will have a positive impact on the children themselves as well as on the local community.

The project continues and expands the support that has been provided since 2011 by the sending organisation with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Support for the integral development of children and adolescents in province Datem del Marañón in Peru – continuation 3

The Project is implemented between 18 June and 31 December 2014. Two volunteers stay in Peru, in San Lorenzo (Loreto region) in the period from 30 June until 31 December 2014.

The Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service - Youth For The World is the sending organisation, and the Salesian Parish in San Lorenzo is the hosting organisation.

The project responds to the issue of poverty and difficult access to education in the Loreto region. The main objective of the project is to improve the living situation of children and teenagers from poor families and to create better conditions for their integral development by ensuring relevant education conditions by offering additional classes: artistic workshops, computer courses, English language classes, compensatory classes and physical activation classes. Beneficiares of the project are: boys and girls aged 5-20 residing in the Datem del Marañón province in Peru.

The consequence of the project's implementation will be improving their professional qualifications and the ability to find a paid job. Also, the project assumes that it will contribute to equality in the rights of men and women by equal access to education both for boys and for girls. An additional benefit of these measures will lie in reducing the inferiority complex of the local community in comparison to other cultures.

The project serves the achievement of Priority 13 – education established within the “Multiannual development cooperation programme for 2012-2015” and contributes to achieving the Millennium Development Goal 1 – eliminating extreme poverty and hunger.

Support for the integral development of children and adolescents in province Datem del Marañón in Peru – continuation 3

While carrying out the project, volunteers continued previous actions, focused at children and youths in San Lorenzo's Salesian parish. Volunteers carried out general-development classes for 51 people for 120 h in total, as well as classes leveling out education levels for 20 children and youth whose combined length amounted to 108 h.

Volunteers carried out workshops with pupils, which purpose was to develop the interests of children and youth. Within the scope of the project, children in San Lorenzo could participate in workshops: photographical (30 h for 20 people), IT & film (40 h for 15 people), musical & dancing (33 h for 22 people) and handcrafting (40 h for 17 people). Volunteers also carried out 40 h of English classes, in which 26 people participated.

During the classes, volunteers tried to influence forming of the character of pupils in the best possible way, as well as minded the discipline among participants. That is why the project contributed not only to developing talents among children and youth, but also enabled them to develop socially and helped in preparing for independent life.