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Peru - Colombia - Ecuador
El Bichito, is outside of Cajamarca, Peru, and is considered a "Drop-in Center." This area suffers from the highest chronic poverty in Peru. These are children, living in generational poverty, who would otherwise not attend school, or do so irregularly because they would either need to tend their siblings or be work to obtain food. It is difficult to truly assess the full impact upon an entire community where children are able to receive an education - Children - 50+ are fed daily nutritional meals.
Semillas - People who flee because of violence and resettle within their own country are classified as "Internally Displaced Persons" or IDPs. In Nueva Colombia, the main cause for resettlement has been violence from the longest on-going armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. Over 200,000 people have lost their lives due to the war, and over 11,000 (with 1,000 children) are landmine victims (2nd in the world). Nueva Colombia, outside of Cartagena, is the village where Semillas de Aamor is located working with IDPs - families who are classified as chronically/generationally poor living in chronic poverty. Squatter villages, or invasiones, have no legal status thus no government services such as plumbing, electricity, nor a functioning school. The children have a multitude of emotional-behavioral issues - even situations where young girls was being prostituted out by mothers as well as youth getting into gangs which causes many to quit school b/c of lack of resources and opportunities. ECH has partnered with local women to provide a youth center where 120 children from this community come from a daily meal and tutoring/mentoring, in exchange for going to school. Children - 120+ children fed daily nutritional meals (these children would have no other resource).
ECH helped build a school kitchen and community garden. The money we send each month goes to supplement the school lunch program which feeds about 100 children each day and keeping them in school. (Next year we have an expedition going on here....want to go? (: