SELF-HELP GROUPS “THE WARMY PROJECT”
“Warmy” Project, whose translation from Quechua into Spanish means Woman, aims to create psychological self-help groups for women, in areas such as gender, domestic violence, self-esteem and group organisation.
This project is located in a marginal area or neighbourhood called Cerro Hermosa, in the Central Peruvian Andes.
The majority of these people come from families that have migrated from other provinces that suffer from extreme poverty and political violence (Huancavelica, Ayacucho or the Central Forest), and that are trying to improve their economic situation and give their children better education opportunities.
It is an area where basic water, drains or sanitation facilities are non-existent. In addition, there is a lack of presence or support from local governments or other institutions. The people suffer from sexism, alcoholism, domestic violence, child abuse, amongst others.
Our ultimate goal is to provide psychological help and support, of an emotional and social nature, to the women who are typically the heads of the families. In addition, we aim to provide the same type of support to children whose families suffer from these problems.
Duration of volunteer work:
We ask for a minimum of 2 weeks (longer or less participation time can be requested and discussed).
Type of work:
Direct psychological and social intervention in neighbourhoods of women and children.
Location of volunteer work:
Neighbourhoods and villages on the outskirts of the Andean city of Huancayo, in the Central Andes.
Roles or responsibilities:
Volunteers must participate directly in planning, organising and implementing various activities, via discussions, workshops and through the delivery of materials to participants.
Volunteers may also contribute to the project in a similar way, by helping children that are exposed to problematical situations caused by dysfunctional families, with their mental health and self-esteem development.
5+ volunteers per month
– We need the participation of students, professionals or graduates in psychology, political sciences, pedagogy, anthropology, human resources, sociology, group therapy, social work, social education and related areas.
We need people with experience in assisting with and preventing problems relating to gender, women and children. We also accept volunteers without experience.
* The programme also has non-paid internships or placements available.