Close to a month since leaving Peru and missing it so much
I am back home but I am missing Peru. The trip was absolutely amazing in all aspects from friendships, professional experience to life learning experiences. From my last blog entry I visited TACIF, APPRENDE, and visited a location that the Anglican Church in Peru is helping slowly better itself.
APPRENDE was one of the most interesting place I visited. APPRENDE is a NGO which educates the youth about sexual health and rights. I had the opportunity to go on two visits. In the first one I was able to attend a school in which APPRENDE spoke to the teachers.
They spoke to the teachers because they are the ones to spend the most time with the students, they will have an influence on the students and they as professors will most likely hear questions rather than the parents. It was interesting to see that the teachers at first showed some resistance to the idea not simply because it was sexual but according to the law if they give any opinion or information that is towards having sexual intercourse, well the professors could be held responsible and taken to jail. But APPRENDE was ready for everything that the teachers put out and the teachers were given adequate paths to deal with the issue and the students with in the constraints of the law. On my second visit I went with APPRENDE, I went to a municipal hospital in which the girls gave a small session to women and youth walking by about the results of sexual abuse, sexual health and sexual rights.
Another visit that was made was with TACIF, which is an NGO that works on educating women to be entrepreneurial and also helps them with financial funds. TACIF with our contact Juan took us to many projects and households where TACIF had made an impact in the lifes of women and fmailies. How with their help they had slowly been selling some food on the street to actually planning on building a restaurant because the business was going so well.
The work that the Anglican Church was doing was teaching women on how to deal with marital violence and how to treat children (no physical abuse). This visit was done at a asentamiento humano which would be called a human settlement.
What surprised me the most was the positive outlook of the people in all the 3 visits. They had nothing to look back at but everything to look forward to. They had the perceverence to continue even when the road has got rough. These last three visits concluded my internship with the USACC and I gave my presentation report on what I thought about the internship, where it went far and above what I would experience and where the internship could better. I had about 14 people attend: 2 from APPRENDE, 3 from WUSC and 9 from the USACC. I gave my presentation and some questions were asked about the internship.