Effective relationships are crucial to the success of every project and program experience. From these relationships ProWorld builds partnerships. This section contains information about a few of the many ProWorld partnerships.
University of Pittsburgh
Every May, The University of Pittsburgh and ProPeru join forces to offer a one month program in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Past projects have included the construction of community centers and schools.
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Locally, ProPeru, ProBelize, and ProMexico collaborate on development projects with a number of organizations; concentrating in three areas: health, environment and social and economic development. The following is a list of some of our partners and a short synopsis of the work they are doing.
ProPeru and Jacksonville have formed a relationship to provide accredited high quality education and service learning programs. Jacksonville approves ProPeru’s selection of professors from Centro Bartolome de las Casas who instruct the Study Abroad classes.
CBC - Centro de Estudios Regionales Andinos Bartolome de Las Casas
The primary focus of this affiliated NGO is to study and evaluate the current status of provinces and communities in a focused effort to create effective strategic development plans for the area of focus. The CBC also houses the largest library in Southern Peru.
The Ministry of Health (MINSA) opened in Urubamba in 1995. It was created to improve the state of reproductive health of the population, to reach an adequate quality of life, and to initiate human development. MINSA’s main goals are disseminating preventive medicine, educating the public on local health issues, and offering free and low cost services to the poor. In Cusco, ProPeru works in collaboration with MINSA in four health posts that serve the basic health needs of the poorest cross-section of the local population.
Centro de Adulto Mayor de Calca
The Adult Center of Calca offers integral health assistance to adults 55 years of age and older as well as individuals with disabilities. Some of their work objectives include fomenting the well-being and social promotion of its affiliates (favoring their physical, psychological, economic, and social needs), promoting a focus on gerontology, and contributing to improving the quality of life for its members.
The Municipality’s Health Center, Hampina Wasi, began to function in March of 2001 ; offering health care services to Calca’s most needy population. It’s general objective of work is to contribute to providing opportune, efficient, effective, and quality health care service to the patients in the district of Calca and its surrounding communities. It originally was established with international assistance by direct donations from NORTH WEST MEDICAL TEAMS of the United States. They implemented important medical equipment and medicines. In actuality, today, CMHW has a reduced amount of medical equipment inhibiting them to function properly.
Arariwa is a Peruvian NGO working in Cusco and the Sacred Valley in a variety of social projects. Arariwa is broken into three different sectors of work, micro business consulting and development, adult education and training, and leadership development. Arariwa’s mission is to contribute to the growth of the capacities and rights of the regional population, to make possible the participation of the citizen majority, the better management of resources, the integration of the major sectors in growth processes, with the objective of sustainable development.
CATCCO is a community based non-profit organization in the Andean town of Ollantaytambo, Peru. The cultural museum of CATTCO was established in an effort to advance development efforts and create economic opportunities for the citizens of Ollantaytambo. CATCCO affirms Ollantaytambo’s history and its culture as one of its greatest resources and searches for the betterment of Ollantaytambo through the promotion and realization of activities that further the town’s cultural and social wealth.
Rotary International Club
Rotary is an international organization integrated with business and professional leaders that offer humanitarian services, encourage the practice of elevated ethical norms in all occupations and contributes to the development of goodwill and world peace. Rotary Club International has a prolonged trajectory of helping the needy and uniting people of distinct beliefs and cultures. Rotary International Club of Cusco has assisted ProPeru in channeling important economic funds for our Clean Burning Stove Project in the Sacred Valley. In Cusco, ProPeru works in their health clinic.
Haku Treks is a specialist trek and eco-tourism travel agency that was founded in 2004. The company was set up in conjunction with the local Chicón community and the staff and volunteers at ProPeru. The overriding goal of the Haku Treks, and the Chicón project, is to reinvest any profits back into the Chicón community. In order to protect the endangered plants and trees, a percentage of every trek payment is guaranteed towards the reforestation and conservation of the area.
K’anchay Wasi, which means House of Light in Quechua, is a women and family center in Arin, Huandar that provides refuge and assistance for women and children in need. It's vision is to facilitate the recuperation of disadvantaged, abandoned and abused women and therefore, improve the lives and opportunities of their children and community; to promote education in order to improve the quality of life in the community and to increase job resources by helping to create micro-businesses run by the women of the shelter. It's mission is to support the women suffering from domestic violence through legal aid, access to healthcare, psychological therapy and exercises and mainly through economic support and job creation and also, to provide education in diverse subjects in order to improve the quality of life in the community as a whole.
Mantay shelters teenage mothers from the Cusco area. Many of these mothers might otherwise have abandoned their babies due to lack of support, or simply being overwhelmed and under prepared for the experience. The purpose of the home is to give the mothers another option by teaching them about childcare and the realities of motherhood. Mantay, which means mother in Quechua, also has a small workshop where the mothers produce artisan products. The skills they learn in the workshop can help them to find work outside the shelter, and the products created can be sold to raise a little money for the upkeep and running of the home. ProPeru is also currently financing and overseeing the building of a bigger and independent workshop for the shelter.
Estancia Fraternidad is a place for families to stay when family members are in the general hospital nearby. This hospital hosts Oaxaca’s poorest patients who have no funds to cover their expenses and patients are often not admitted unless there is a family member who can help in their care. Estancia provides quality room and board at affordable prices along with access to medicine to anyone in need.
Clinica del Pueblo (Ann Seethaler Medical Clinic)
Clinica del Pueblo opened its doors in 1998 in the barrio of San Martin Mexicapan. It provides health services to the most marginalized populations of Oaxaca. They provide all of their services at very low costs, and do not turn away patients who are unable to pay. They are currently working to expand their services to be able to further help the poor of Oaxaca.
Instituto Nacional de la Educación de los Adultos, is a national organization that runs literacy campaigns. They train educators and provide them with materials to go into smaller communities and initiate programs to educate adults.
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The school is located in the villages Zimatlan and works with children with various disabilities. The students, with various degrees of difficulty in visual, audio, cognitive or motor skills, come from as far as two hours away so as to get the special attention they would otherwise go without. The school looks for specific skills that can be taught to the children so as to empower them to earn a living.
DivertiGranja Selva Mágica
DivertiGranja is a unique project that combines a petting zoo with activities to increase children’s awareness of the difficulties of life for the disabled populations of Oaxaca. Children are made to live a disability (blindfolded, put in a wheelchair, etc) while they tour the zoo. Before leaving there is an organized reflection where the kids share their experiences with their classmates.
The Centro Oaxaqueño de Rehabilitación de Audición y Lenguaje, A.C. offers hearing-impaired children and adults living in extreme poverty the gift of a brighter future by providing a full range of low-cost hearing rehabilitative services and programs.
Puente a la Salud Comunitaria
Puente a la Salud Comunitaria promotes the use of amaranth, a traditional grain, through workshops. These workshops explain the nutritional importance of amaranth and provide the fundamentals of how to plant, grow, harvest, and cook with it. Puente also promotes good nutritional practices.
Frente Común Contra el SIDA
Frente Comun provides AIDS talks in schools, workplaces and indigenous communities. They have developed an interactive AIDS Education Packet which is distributed to rural populations throughout Oaxaca. They also distribute posters and fliers with information about AIDS prevention. Their office sells low cost condoms and also distributes free information.
MexFam is a non-profit organization that focuses on health education and in particular reproductive health. They have had a strong presence throughout Mexico since their beginnings in the 1960's with 20 clinics throughout Mexico. These clinics provide both specialized and family medicine services to Oaxacans of limited resources.
Nueve Lunas or Nine Moons is another NGO working in reproductive health. They run workshops for women in rural communities. Currently they are organizing a project to educate women from around the state of Oaxaca about midwifery workshop and natural means of facilitating child birth and making it safer.
Grupo de apoyo para la educación de la mujer
GAEM is a non-governmental group of women creating educational opportunities and shared common experiences through which women gain alternative perspectives of themselves, their roles at home, at work, and in the community. GAEM’s mission is to support women and their families in their struggle for economic and social justice.
Muertos De Juárez
Muertos de Juarez is a governmental nationwide delegation created to address the need to improve the legislation and law enforcement regarding violence against women. The Oaxaca delegation is performing extensive research and interviews to provide the state government with data to help them implement new laws.
Centro de Estudios de la Mujer y la Familia
CEMYF is an organization that works on diverse issues of women’s health, reproductive issues and domestic violence. Much of their work involves seeking to find grants from various national and international foundations to fund local initiatives. During parts of the year they give talks in rural villages of the central valleys.
Union de Museos Comunitarios
A non-governmental organization of eighteen indigenous and mestizo communities in the State of Oaxaca, which have created or are in the process of creating community museums. In addition to providing a foundation for these communities to collect and document their cultural heritage, the Union provides the basis for community organization and helps spearhead development projects.
Cooperativa Vida Nueva
A cooperative comprised of Zapotec women dedicated to weaving tapetes, or traditional rugs, in the village of Teotitlan del Valle—about 25 kilometers outside of Oaxaca. The cooperative has offered these women a social network and political leverage to lead independent self-determined lives and to gain important rights.
Casa Hogar para Ancianos “Los Tamayo”
Casa Hogar is a home for the elderly. Its objectives are to offer quality physical, mental and social services to the elderly that have been either abandoned or do not have the resources to support themselves. The home guarantees security to its inhabitants while working to secure for them the highest level of autonomy and auto sufficiency and the opportunity to a healthy environment where they can live with dignity.
The Rainforest Alliance
The Alliance aims to help reconcile our growing demand for trees and other forest flora with a diminishing supply. In more than 50 countries around the world, they are helping businesses, governments and communities change their land-use practices and set standards for the long-term use of resources and the conservation of the planet’s great wealth of biodiversity.
Instituto de la Naturaleza y Sociedad Oaxaqueña
INSO was formed in 1991 to support collaborative and autonomous efforts in natural conservation and social well-being. Their work combines the following: exploring new theoretical approaches to conservation, researching nature-society relationships, carrying out concrete actions to recreate and promote alternative technologies, and combining traditional systems of knowledge and organization with science and modern techniques.
El Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca
El Jardin occupies the courtyard of the stunning Ex-Convent Santo Domingo in the city's center. The garden and adjoining library serve as a laboratory for scholars, a classroom for environmental education and awareness initiatives, a venue for expositions and cultural events, and a park for the enjoyment of Oaxaqueños and tourists.
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