|IVY PERU COMMITTEE
was formed in 1998 with the specific purpose of raising funds
to help children in Peru. The Committee has since raised an average
of $30,000 per year through their annual fall
Auction and the support of individuals.
In 1990 Jean-Louis Lebel, a Canadian
lay missionary and school teacher, created the Center for the
Integration of Abandoned Minors (CIMA),
a refuge for street-boys in Lima. By 1995, through the efforts
of this talented and dedicated man, CIMA
had expanded from a single rented room to an established and impressive
complex outside of Lima with a staff of 10 workers providing shelter
to about 95 boys.
the boys go to school, receive tutoring and psychological care,
and learn skills including agriculture, husbandry, carpentry,
sewing, computing, and welding. Thanks to Jean-Louis and CIMA,
many of the boys have been reintegrated with their families.
For years Ivy-Peru has donated $12,000
annually to CIMA for food
and other necessities. In addition, they often donate additional
funds for other special projects and to the
CASA DE LA MUJER
Casa de la Mujer is a home to
over 90 girls who have fallen victim to prostitution or have been
sexually assaulted. Over 30% of these girls come with their babies.
Girls as young as 12 are struggling to deal with pregnancy, disease,
poverty, and abuse. At the Casa girls receive medical and prenatal
care, child birth and child care. Their children are cared for
in a full-service day care facility. This day care center cares for a total of 150 children, as the
its services to care for neighborhood children of low-income families. The
Casa also offers a lunch program for low-income seniors.
Dignity, discipline, and self respect
are emphasized while these girls study to complete their schooling. The
girls are kept on a very strict schedule. Mornings are spent
attending the on-site school, where they complete high school
and earn their diplomas. In the afternoons the girls receive
training and certificates of completion in a field of their choice:
clothing construction, hair styling, or industrial baking. These
vocational certificates go a long way towards helping the girls
support their families after they leave the Casa.
Ivy-Peru assisted the Casa with annual
$12,000 donations for daily nutritional needs; they have
also donated to equipment purchases and have facilitated the coverage
of medical costs.
In 2009, due to the critical economic
times, Ivy-Peru was able to assist them with only $8,000.
HOUSE OF PEACE OF MOTHER TERESA
This home is located in Tacora, Lima
and is run by the Missionaries of Charity, an order of nuns founded
by Mother Teresa to help the poorest of the poor. The home
ministers to destitute and dying older men and women. It
also cares for dozens abandoned children with cerebral palsy. From
2005 through 2008, Ivy-Peru has donated $2,500 to purchase urgently
needed medicines for the mentally disable.
CASA DON BOSCO
In 1990, Ayacucho was the center
of wide-spread atrocities committed by the Shinning Path, a Peruvian
terrorist group. Many orphans were created from this violence.
Under the management of Father Jose Antunez de Mayolo, then director
of the San Juan Bosco School, Ivy-Peru began sending funds to
help feed these orphans and other destitute children in the area.
Out of concern for the children's
futures, Father Jose created Casa Don Bosco where the children
receive education and training in vocational trades. Casa Don
Bosco was built with financial support from the Ivy-Peru Committee
and the Peruvian, Italian and Spanish governments. For many years
the Ivy-Peru Committee assisted Casa Don Bosco's with daily expenses
that helped provide training to 450 orphans.
In 2005 Anabella Jordan was recognized
by the Casa for the role she played in founding the organization
and for her 20 years of service.