Transforming Lima’s Slums
Around the world, the prevalence of substandard housing and lack of services creates dire consequences for public health, restricts inhabitant’s potential for achievement, and violates human rights. The sense of urgency that existed in these slums led to the creation of non-profit organizations seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and youth volunteers.
We work directly with organizations with this focus in Peru, building an understanding of their model for development and experiencing firsthand the power of mass mobilization. Explorations of the country outside of Lima and and site visits with additional organizations provides students with the data necessary to create a nuanced analysis of the project.
Goals and Objectives
Build understanding of the inextricable links between poverty and ill health
Evaluate models from multiple actors in alleviating housing issues in Peru
Develop in students the desire to work to diminish the impact of poverty on health
We travel into Lima’s slums and conduct surveys of locals, learning about their hopes and dreams and the obstacles presented by the lack of housing. We take intentional steps to defeat aspects of ‘voyeurism’, teaching students how to recognize humanity and uphold dignity of others.
We align with local NGOs’ ongoing calendar for service projects such as construction in order to join, for instance, a ‘mass-build’ project. Students work hand-in-hand with community members to create viable housing alternatives.
Students experience the magical beauty of a sunrise at Machu Picchu, deepening their appreciation for Peru’s natural beauty and fostering an understanding of the diverse sides of the country.