GlobeMed at the University of Rochester partners with Kallpa Iquitos in Iquitos, Peru to support community-based health and education programs.
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester + Kallpa Iquitos
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester | Rochester, New York
Kallpa Iquitos | Iquitos, Peru
62% of 17-18 year olds have not completed secondary school education, the equivalent of a high school diploma/GRE.
“The power of collaboration, exchanging ideas, and continued communication cannot be underestimated. Truly understanding the passion and success behind a network full of partnership, both nationally and abroad, brought this to light.”
– Shouling Zhang, University of Rochester ’13
About the Partnership
Kallpa in Iquitos, Peru, is a national non-profit that was founded in 1991 with the intention to empower Peruvians to overcome societal challenges. Specifically, Kallpa works to implement unified and sustainable programs to improve the health and educational opportunities for the youth in Iquitos. Kallpa currently manages youth centers where they offer workshops to support youth that aspire to pursue higher education. The youth centers work closely with the people in each neighborhood to meet their specific needs through various projects and programs. A health center has been set up in the largest neighborhood, El Porvenir, and Kallpa is presently working to extend affordable health benefits to the each of the other six districts within Iquitos.
Through these community-based methods, Kallpa ultimately hopes to eliminate barriers to higher education and proper health benefits. Without an organized road system in Iquitos, the goal is to create these opportunities throughout each neighborhood so that they are viable options. One of the youth centers’ favorite quotes is: “No necesitas ser grande para empezar, pero necesitas empezar para ser grande” (You do not need to be great to start, but you need to start to be great) and their futures are becoming even greater by partnering with GlobeMed at the University of Rochester.
A couple years ago, Kallpa developed a Sexual and Reproductive Differential Health Clinic in order to spread awareness of the importance of safe sex to the youth in Iquitos, Peru. This clinic provides a formal education on the risks associated with sex and allows the youth to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Kallpa soon expects to transfer the services of this clinic to the state to make this project fully sustainable.
Kallpa is also continuing their work on training members of the youth organizations to teach their students properly to excel in many aspects of life including leadership and healthy habits. Along with this training, Kallpa is still putting forth the initiative to promote youth micro-projects, which are ways that the youth can give back to their community by attempting to improve problems they have seen or experienced.
Extending past their current projects, Kallpa is starting to implement a new program called the Primary School Enrichment Program, which they are prototyping in the largest neighborhood in Iquitos, El Porvenir. This new project will be taught by alumni of the education system in order to support boys, girls, and adolescents that are struggling in mathematics and communication. Along with aiding children in these subjects, this program offers the opportunity for students to reinforce skills to improve their social life, environment, and health. This project not only aids the students, but also the alumni by allowing them to improve their learning and providing them an environment to implement their micro-projects.
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester hopes to raise $11,000 for Kallpa’s educational and health related programs with the youth in Iquitos, Peru. These programs will, in time, provide the means for these children to reach their goals and accomplish their dreams. What if some of the world’s greatest minds are trapped by a lack of opportunity?