PCV Funded Project: Peru Soup Kitchen

by P. Jimenez

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Group photo of P. Jimenez and the girls served by the soup kitchen in Peru

On behalf of our community in Cutervo Peru, our mother’s committee, and the adolescents & families members benefiting from the Soup Kitchen, I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation and support.

Currently 5,030 young students are enrolled in the city public schools of the district of Cutervo, a region located in the northern Andes of Peru. In some urban areas, adolescents who attend these schools live in countryside and need to walk an average of 2 hours each day in order to go to their classes. That is why we concluded that the best strategy to improve this situation and increase the level of attendance and academic/physical performance of these students was to create a student soup kitchen. This Soup Kitchen, opened its doors in October of last year and is currently serving a breakfast snack and a healthy mid-day meal at an affordable rate to 60 students between the ages of 13 to 17. In addition, we built an organic greenhouse to ensure sustainability and the quality of the products served in the soup kitchen.

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Students currently participate in trainings that promoted healthy living among adolescents in the community. We focused our workshops on the construction of a well-balanced diet, diarrheal illness, anemia, nutrition, and hand washing techniques. This Soup Kitchen is currently a pilot program but since we have received hundreds of request from parents wanting to have their children participate, we are looking to expand in the future.

The project is being run by PCV’s and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Committee, integrated by 30 leaders of the community; all woman. We know that there is great potential for this project in the future. We look forward to seeing the impact that this soup kitchen will continue to have on our community. Thank you again for your generosity and commitment to the empowerment of women. We look forward to sending you more updates and pictures as we move forward in the process.

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