Ongoing Projects

English Classes

There is a high need in the community for English teachers; parents in Mancora see English language acquisition as a way to move up the socioeconomic ladder. Unfortunately, without regular, ongoing exposure to English, it is very difficult for local children to retain what they learn. PaM is committed to teaching adults in the community, especially teachers, so as to increase their capacity to support the students. PaM teaches adult classes in the community centre when there are English-speaking volunteers who want to teach, and PaM volunteers can teach English in up to 3 local public schools, from grades 1 to 12.

Education professionals and students interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Public Health: Dengue Prevention

There is no safe drinking water in Mancora, and many homes do not have plumbing. For those with a connection to the municipal water system, there are severe water restrictions; each family gets running water for 3-4 hours every 3 days or so. This water is not drinkable, and is only safe for washing. Drinking water is bought from large trucks, and must be boiled before it is consumed.

For these reasons, most local families keep large buckets and containers of water on their properties. Standing water like this also serves as the breeding ground for mosquitos and other disease-carrying insects.

Due to the ongoing risk of dengue and other serious illnesses, the local branch of the MINSA (Ministry of Health) does year-round public health work to prevent dengue. They go from home to home checking water for larva, and they place larvacide pouches in large containers. They also speak to people in order to educate them about public health risks, and they organize plays, radio broadcasts and other educational activities. PaM volunteers with healthcare/public health experience are always welcome on the prevention teams.

Health professionals and medical students interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Public Health: Healthcare Work with the MINSA and in Local Clinics

The local Ministry of Health (MINSA) clinic is a small, basic facility with one nurse and one doctor, and basic lab facilities. Often, there are long line ups early in the morning to see a doctor. PaM volunteers with clinical experience can be helpful in increasing the clinic's capacity to treat and educate patients. Our volunteers work as part of the team at the MINSA clinic, depending on their skills and abilities. PaM volunteers can also partner with two local doctors, a family physician and an obstetrician, to treat needy community members through their practices.

Health professionals and medical students interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Robin Hood

Project Robin HoodThe Robin Hood program is an after-school social support program for children aged 9-11 who come from challenging family situations. Many of the children are undernourished and come from poor families. The project was started in 2007 by a PaM volunteer, Magda Metwally, who, after volunteering in Mancora as an English teacher, soon realised that there was a lack of attention and support provided to children with social and emotional difficulties. Magda actively manages the Robin Hood Project together with the PaM coordinator, Gaby Gonzales.

The program runs 2-3 times a week after school, in the PaM Community Centre, as well as in classroom space donated by local schools. The Robin Hood program also runs a daily program during school holidays, in February and in July. The program is supervised by two local teachers and a steady stream of PaM volunteers. The program is especially in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers with experience in summer camps, counseling and/or psychology.

For more information, please see the Project Robin Hood website. Volunteers interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Centro de Niños Especiales

The Centro de Niños Especiles (Centre for Special-Needs Children) is a locally-run centre serving families and children with special needs in Mancora. Many of the children are not under medical supervision, since there are few specialists in Peru to help with physical, mental or emotional disabilities in children. The centre is an important place for families to get together and create social bonds of support. PaM volunteers assist in the daily activities at the Centre. The Centre is especially in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers with knowledge of learning disabilities, physiotherapy, counseling, autism, or other special needs, as well as volunteers who can help on a daily basis.

Volunteers interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Library Project

The community of Mancora has limited access to books, magazines and other printed materials. Local schools have very few textbooks that are often out of date and shared between several classrooms. With the help of the Milagro in Mancora campaign 2007, and the support of Langstaff Public School in Toronto, PaM was able to start the first community library in Mancora, and make a large donation of books to the local schools. The goal is to improve literacy by making books accessible to everyone. Books and materials for the library were purchased in Peru to ensure that they were in Spanish and that all materials were culturally and historically relevant to the community. Over 200 books new have been donated to the community library project, but many more are needed.

Cantina Project

Over the past 4 years, PaM has done extensive research in the community around issues of sexual health and sexual health education. There are a number of local cantinas (brothels) where young women are involved in the sex trade. PaM seeks experienced, Spanish-speaking volunteers who wish to continue this challenging work. This community work would require a long-term commitment and an understanding of patriarchy, sexual health and women's health matters.

Volunteers interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Girls Club

This club started in March, 2008 with students from Alberto Pallete and Micaela Bastida, the two main schools in Mancora. The girls are usually 13 to 16 years old. There are four areas of development:

Social Development - Discussion such as "Me and my community", "Roles and Expectations", and "Boys and Girls Interactions and Respect Development"
Health and Sexual Education - Discussions about eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, and sexual health practices.
Personal Development - Discussions about self-esteem, emotions, and anger management. Workshops such as "Planning My Life".
Entertainment - Sports activities such as Tae Kwon Doe and Arobics classes. Different forms of entertainmetn such as dances, bonfires, excursions to the hot springs, and walks on the beach.

This group meets once a week at the Community Centre. Participants are provided snacks and beverages.

Volunteers interested in participating in international volunteer experiences in Mancora should take a look at the PaM Volunteer Program page.

Boys Club

This club is in a development stage and we are currently running an 8 week pilot. This program will run once a week and will be run in a similar fashion to the girls club, but with issues specific to boys. Areas of focus will include sexual education, boys and girls relationships, art and literature appreciation, cooking, sports, work, TV and movies.

Past Projects
PaM projects are in constant evolution, with new projects being proposed and enacted by volunteers, as well as PaM adapting its programs to changing community needs and to changing organizational and volunteer capacity. Links are provided below to past programs pages.

For those interested in learning about past activities, re-starting a project that is currently on hold, or proposing new activities based on identified community needs, please contact us at info@paraelmundo.org

• Community Medicine Past Projects
• Social Services Past Projects
• Education Past Projects