Enabling children to access primary and secondary education.
Amantani's Boarding Houses help children who previously had to walk up to eight hours daily to get to school. By staying with us, each child saves an average of 737 hours of walking per year. This time is now spent attending workshops and classes designed to support their schoolwork, ensuring the children achieve the most from their education.
- Status: Current
- Date: May 2008 - present
- Target population: 40 children aged between 7-18 years old
- Location: Ccorca, Peru
Young people acquire key knowledge and life-skills for further education, employability and enterprise.
In 2007, Amantani’s co-founders Rocío, Pilar and Fred visited Ccorca. Rocío had already been teaching in Ccorca for over 15 years, but for Pilar and Fred, it was their first time. Following several meetings with the local community, they soon heard about the vast distances children had to walk to get to school. Inevitably, they were arriving too tired to concentrate and many were giving up on their education altogether. In response, the community donated a disused building, the parents painted the walls and we put in the bunk beds. That's how the first Boarding House began.
Why it is important:
Only 49% of primary school children in Cusco are able to understand what they read. Access to education in rural areas of Peru is notoriously problematic and Ccorca is no exception. Children from as young as seven have to walk for up to eight hours each day to get to and from school. Additionally, Ccorca is host to many of the problems associated with disenfranchised indigenous communities, including alcoholism, domestic violence and sexual abuse. This represents a fundamental challenge to the young people’s healthy development, and is the cause of many psychological issues, including low self-esteem, self-harm, body dysmorphia and sexual problems.
What we are doing:
Our Educational Boarding Houses give the most disadvantaged children in Ccorca a place to stay near to school. In the morning, the children attend their school as normal and in the afternoon, instead of walking home, they come to the Boarding Houses where they stay for four nights per week. By staying with us, each child saves an average of 737 hours of walking per year. This time is now spent attending workshops and classes designed to support their schoolwork, ensuring the children achieve the most from their education. These workshops include Literacy & Numeracy Classes, ICT Training, Sexual Health & Personal Development Workshops. Additionally, children benefit from individual psychological support as well as and parents training workshops and family mediation.