Have you ever moved to a new city or region? It’s like having to build your life from scratch; making new friends, getting accustomed to a new community, picking up new habits, and sometimes even having to learn a new language too! It’s a big step, to say the least—especially when you start anew with few or no resources and a family to take care of.
Well, that’s what my mother did when I was young. I, Lourdes, along with some of my friends, are children of what we here call internal migrants. We are among the 6.5 million people who moved from the rural highlands (sierra) or the jungle (selva) to the coast in search of a better future.
In 2014, I brought some university friends to the outskirts of Trujillo, Peru to celebrate Christmas with the local children. We organized a ‘chocolatada’ party for 500 children! It was at this moment in which we realized there were still migrant families settling down further in the desert with no water, electricity, transportation, kindergarten or daycare, no shops, no accessibility to food, and no basic resources. My friends and I decided to work alongside the existing and newly arrived migrant families of El Porvenir to strengthen their communities. We set up a small non-profit organization to support our activities under a legal umbrella, and soon after, Saryariy was born. Sayariy in Quechua means something along the lines of ‘arise, resurrect, emerge’. This truly represents our will to reconnect with our culture(s) and create safe, caring, and cohesive intercultural communities.
Our First Project
We started building upon strengths that already existed within the community. We worked with the locals providing our support so that together we could develop the projects the local families wanted to see come alive. As a team, the entire community of Nuevos Libertadores (consisting of nearly 300 people) managed to install a water system in less than 5 months with barely any financial costs!
In 2017, we have dedicated a lot of time, effort, and finances to help the families who suffered in the floods and mudslides of El Niño Costero phenomenon. Thanks to generous donations we were able to help more than 14 areas of the region with food and nonperishable packages for more than 3,000 individuals affected by the devastation. We were also able to provide necessary supplies that enabled the creation of community kitchens to feed large quantities of people who had been left without without food and resources.
3 Years Have Gone By Since Our First Christmas Party! – And Now?
We have since created a network of local professionals, institutions, and dedicated volunteers (from Peru and from across the globe), each working alongside us to accomplish our goals.
We have also been able to start activities within the realms of emotional health, early education, and economic empowerment. Within each initiative, we strive to instill our core values which include: respect, gender-equality, fairness, cultural exchange, and peer-to-peer learning.
The community library, which happens to be the first in the area, has been up and running since 2016. Each week, local children come to read and play. We work with the children to teach them about health (physical and emotional) through fun activities, and we provide them with meals on a regular basis.
We also started an early childhood stimulation program for newborns to the age of 3. In addition to working with the children, we work with adults on acquiring needed skills including literacy workshops and/or courses focusing on entrepreneurial skills for those interested.
So far, we have survived mostly on the generosity of a small group of donors and through intercultural trivia that we host once a month in local pubs for our volunteers and for those interested in learning more about our organization and local culture. As we look towards the upcoming year, we have been asked by other impoverished communities to provide them with the same initiative so that both adults and children can have access to greater opportunities. In order to continue with the activities and help other communities, we are looking to connect with more people!
How Can You Help?
In this Festive Season, we invite you to help support our cause so that we can keep connecting, sharing, and providing opportunities to families of the Northern Peruvian desert:
- We need to reach $2,500.00 in order to provide school supplies to 100 local children whose families don’t have the resources to purchase these materials.
- We need to reach $3,462.00 in order for the community library to operate throughout 2018 : it includes weekly activities for babies, children and teenagers. Each time, we provide each of them with a meal or snack. ·
- We need to reach $2,118.00 in order to provide early childhood education classes and workshops throughout the year for 20 babies, children, and mothers
- We need to reach $1,920.00 in order to continue hosting our literacy classes for women, as well as our entrepreneurial courses for 25 women.
Please help us by donating to this worthwhile cause and by sharing our crowd funding campaign on social media outlets with the hashtag #sharingopportunities
- If you would like to donate directly to our Peruvian bank account: Asociación Sayariy-Resurgiendo BCP Banco de Crédito del Peru 002-570-002406870092-01 IBAN BCPLPEPL
- If you would like to donate in-kind material, please contact [email protected]
- If you would like to come and visit us, please contact: + 51 44 666 575 or [email protected]
- If you would like to volunteer with us, please contact: [email protected]
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