La Esperanza Project inaugurates clubhouse and receives growing community support
In August, we were pleased to inaugurate the La Esperanza Youth Club Project´s clubhouse. The new space has provided the project with the opportunity to expand existing environmental and social activities, as well as to develop new ones. In particular, our clubhouse allowed us to expand our environmental education program as club members participated in the development of a hydroponics mini project and planted an organic garden in the clubhouse´s back yard. Through environmental education workshops, club members also began to learn how to take care of their hydroponics beds and garden plants and to understand the importance of good eating habits.
We have been glad to receive the growing support of community leaders and members in La Esperanza, who have welcomed the opportunities that the project provides to promote social and environmental values amongst local at risk youth. Felicita Coronel, the Chairperson of Buen Socorro mother’s club, a local organization which has been supportive of the project, says “As mothers, we are grateful for the project that A Rocha Peru has been developing in La Esperanza. Instead of being in the street all day, children now attend classes and workshops held by the club, and enjoy opportunities that they would never have had otherwise”.
We are awaiting the outcome of an application to the Emelco Foundation for funding to be able to continue the project in 2016, and welcome any support readers may be able to give.