Mantaro valley is located in the Central Andes of Peru, in Valle del Mantaro, one of the largest Andean valleys. It has a population of around one million inhabitants. Its activities revolve around agriculture and commerce, and it is surrounded by a multitude of small villages dedicated to agriculture and livestock. Its small family businesses have become famous, producing arts, crafts and cloths, as well as working with silversmithing.
Our social work is carried out in the villages of the Mantaro Valley, in the department of Junin, in the central Andes of Peru, one of the largest inter-Andean valleys in Peru, with a population close to half a million inhabitants,
From the area where we do our social work:
Although we develop our projects trying to include new towns and villages within the Mantaro Valley and surroundings, our main work focuses on Cerro Hermosa, an area located 20 minutes walk from the city of Huancayo, characterized mainly as a place The arrival of many migrant families from provinces classified by the international development agencies as “extreme poverty and necessity” (Junin, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Andahuaylas and central jungle), because all of them are part of the main least developed Peruvian focus Or socially and economically excluded “Vrae”.
They have settled there, often very numerous, who share almost the same history and situation: having to have migrated in search of a better life and better living conditions for their children, usually the parents are underemployed or They work in factories of bricks that abound in the surroundings or look for the life in the city like day laborers and street vendors in local markets.
This area lacks the basic services of potable water and sewage, there is no
Health services and the health situation is extreme, with too many cases of chronic child and maternal malnutrition, as well as preventable diseases with the simple basic notion of clean habits and healthy environments.
Socially speaking, most of these people speak the language Quechua, language of the ancient Inca Empire, as well as basic Spanish, these families have been excluded from any notion of development, and when they reach these areas around the cities, their way of adaptation Is slow, difficult and frustrating, many of these people developing negative social habits such as alcoholism, domestic violence, negative social practices, family abandonment and others. Such as carelessness in the education of children, their families and their personal development.
It is a difficult area, with small family dwellings dotting the slopes of a great mountain, houses mostly made of mud and mud bricks, with many domestic animals around, and endless little children playing and wallowing in the dust Red clay that abounds on the ground.
We socially intervene with the illusion of helping to give a better quality of life to the people who need it most and to see in their smiles of gratitude the only and most brilliant sample of payment that we need to continue with our direct social work here In the Andes of Peru.