Improving Students’ Lives in Fe y Alegría, Peru
Located in Canto Grande, one of the poorest areas of Lima, the Fe y Alegría School provides education to over 1,494 students, and has been connected with the Edmund Rice Mission for over 20 years.
Key to Fe y Alegría’s success has been its holistic approach in providing quality education and additional support such as healthcare, human development social work with families, and psychological counseling for at-risk students. This has significantly contributed to positive outcomes for children and their families.
A grant from Misean Cara helped to establish the Buen Gusto nutrition programme to provide healthy meals and nutrition for 80 disadvantaged students; a support programme to reduce drop-out rates and absenteeism for at-risk students; a mathematics and reading programme for 70 primary school pupils to improve numeracy and literacy; training for child protection and advocacy and the Cerro Verde environmental project to create a spacious area for agricultural purposes and income-generation. The resulting enhanced access to employment and improved economic independence provided for the improvement of living conditions for students and families in Canto Grande.
“Many of us are benefited by the dining room where we can eat at a low price, and elementary school children can arrive early to school. Thanks to the Green Hill, we can follow the example of caring for the environment and with the psychological support, many children and adolescents can have an orderly life.”
-Nadya Quinteros, 5th year Secondary