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
38.7% of El Porvenir’s inhabitants do not have access to water in their houses.
“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
Founded in 1991, Kallpa is a national non-profit in Peru that works in the Lima, Cusco, Loreto, and Ayacucho regions. Kallpa’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adolescents from underprivileged backgrounds through strengthening healthcare and social skills with creative solutions. They strive for family and community participation, sustainable strategies, and the ability to propose policy changes in health and education. Since the fall of 2010, the GlobeMed chapter at University of Rochester has raised over $8,000 for Kallpa Iquitos to support a Youth Center in the community of Iquitos, Peru.
This year, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester is aiming to fund trash removal, delinquency and violence prevention interventions and reproductive and sexual health education programs in the Pampachica region of Peru. Kallpa Iquitos has identified that there is little effort to curb juvenile delinquency, which includes crimes committed by local youth who excessively consume alcohol. Additionally, a problem has arisen among the vendors and their improper sale of food and other services, which has produced a large amount of organic and inorganic solid waste. The education program hopes to reduce harm to families affected by STI transmission and unwanted pregnancies. These project targets the dynamic perspectives of the youth, the local acts of youth violence, and environmental issues of sanitation around the beach area.
This project will impact the overall wellness of the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle by means of pollution control, prevention of violence and alcoholism, identifying and intervening in risk behaviors in minors, and proper reproductive and sexual habits.