Peru

UN TECHO PARA MI PAIS:
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 TECHO, a youth led non-profit organization seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and youth volunteers.

We work directly with the TECHO team 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 TECHO organization.

Goals and objectives

  • Public Health

    Build understanding of the inextricable links between poverty and ill health

  • Housing and Development

    Evaluate models from TECHO and other actors in alleviating housing issues in Peru

  • Inspire Compassion

    Develop in students the desire to work to diminish the impact of poverty on health

Program Elements

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Demystifying Slums


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.


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Grassroots Business Fund


GBF invests in businesses in emerging markets to drive economic development and improve local standards of living. We meet with GBF fund managers to learn about the process of screening, selecting, and supporting entrepreneurial businesses throughout Peru, then travel to visit selected organizations in person.


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UN TECHO PARA MI PAIS


With operations in 19 countries, TECHO has mobilized more than 500,000 volunteers, to construct houses for more than 86,000 families. We collaborate with TECHO’s staff in Lima, learning about their strategies to promote community development in slums, foster social awareness and action, and undertake ongoing political advocacy.


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THE INCA TRAIL


We journey to the highlands surrounding Cusco, learning about life in rural areas. We analyze the costs and benefits of tourism as a method for economic development and improvements in public health.


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Community Build


We align with TECHO’s ongoing calendar for construction in order to join a ‘mass-build’ project. Students work hand-in-hand with community members to create viable housing alternatives.


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Machu Picchu


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.