WHY IT MATTERS
Considering the poor economic situations that many of the families are in with which Coprodeli works, it is imperative that Coprodeli supplements its sustainable community-building programs with Humanitarian Aid.
If a family is committed to the development of themselves and their community, but are in such economic circumstances that they cannot feed their children nutritious meals or send them to school because they cannot afford shoes, a family is left in the vicious cycle of poverty with limited, if any, means of getting out.
HOW IT WORKS
Families can become involved in Coprodeli Humanitarian Aid by seeking support themselves or being referred by another community member. Coprodeli assesses the needs of each family it gives to and only gives to the families if they are already involved in other personal and community development initiatives.
Beyond the good the Humanitarian Aid does for the receiving families, it also builds capacity and creates opportunity amongst local long-term volunteers. These volunteers, typically women, from the region keep their eyes and ears open for families in need, carry out the family assessments to determine if the family meets the requirements before enrolling them in our Humanitarian Aid program, carry out large-scale distributions various times a week, and are responsible for tracking inventory, cost of distribution analysis, and mapping out distribution sites.
Coprodeli works with both individuals and organizations from around the world to provide Peruvians in need with basic goods. Since 2010, one of Coprodeli's most important partners in Humanitarian Aid has been TOMS.
Teaming up with TOMS, Coprodeli is able to give shoes to children in need in the areas in which we work. The shoes are distributed to children attending school and distributions occur in both Coprodeli (private) and public schools. We distribute to each school in the program 1-2 times per year.
The shoes are critical to each child's development. Students in Peruvian schools must abide by strict dress codes, including black close-toed shoes. When families are already economically-pressed to feed their children, there is often not enough money to buy shoes, and children are not allowed to attend school. Further, shoes protect the children from infection as many often walk 30 minutes or more to attend school in rough and rocky terrain.
Coprodeli works with both individuals and organizations from around the world to provide Peruvians in need with basic goods.
If you would like more information on how to donate goods to Coprodeli, please contact us.
- Medical Equipment
- Classroom Supplies
- Books - Spanish and English
- Christmas gifts
Nutrition Aid & Food Security
WHY IT MATTERS
Malnutrition and undernourishment are serious barriers to economic and social development in Peru.
9 million+ suffer from malnutrition and undernourishment in Peru, the most vulnerable of whichare children (Peruvian National Strategy for Food Security, ENSA).
31.3% of Peruvian children under 5 experience stunted growth (WHO)
5.2% of Peruvian children under 5 are underweight for their age (WHO)
9.9% of Peruvian children under 5 living in urban zones
are chronically malnourished (WHO)
Malnutrition is more concentrated in rural areas with
32.8% of children under 5 in rural areas affected (WHO)
COPRODELI’S ACTION ON NUTRITION
For these reasons, nutrition is an essential component of Coprodeli’s initiatives in the Callao and Ica Regions. Providing well-balanced meals in Coprodeli Education and Outreach Centers improves overall health and allows children to reach their potential in academic and social development.
Coprodeli collaborates with various international organizations as well as fosters the development of agricultural areas in the Ica and San Martín regions to supply food to those most in need in Peru.
FORTIFIED RICE PARTNERSHIP
Currently, Coprodeli is working with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to serve soy-fortified rice as part of every meal served in our 25 Coprodeli schools and 7 Centers for Children at High Risk. The rice also goes towards feeding the elderly and those physically and mentally handicapped.
Since 2012, FMSC has provided 48,000 kg of rice, serving
757,680 meals to approximately 6,000 people every year.
COPRODELI-EMPOWERED FOOD PRODUCTION
Most recently, Coprodeli has moved towards empowering the populations in its intervention areas to become part of the
nutrition and food security initiatives.
RECENT PAST INITIATIVES
In 2011, Coprodeli had Social Assistance Centers with the assistance of 32 local partners that brung 2,963,700 meals to communities.
In 2010, 56.25 MT of food was distributed throughout Peru.
As part of the USAID International Food Relief Partnership, Coprodeli offered prepared meals and foodstuffs to the poorest families in Lima and Callao.
Local cafeteria volunteers added a special touch and transformed the soup provided by USAID into many varieties, giving it their own Peruvian flavor.
USAID also reached the tables of each of the poorest families in Lima, Callao and Ica as raw food to be prepared in families’ homes per individual tastes.
HISTORY OF FOOD AID
Copropdeli was founded in 1989 out of the dire need for food aid in a starving Peru. As the circumstances in the country changed and as Coprodeli grew as an organization, Coprodeli began to take on other programs and different approaches to achieve sustainable development, though the importance of nutrition is still central.
Coprodeli is employing local farmers to grow some of the food necessary to supplement its social programs in Callao. These farming families engage in capacity-building exercises and develop a personal commitment to Ica’s sustainable economic development. This project also reduces Coprodeli’s overhead costs and increases nutrition among Coprodeli’s beneficiaries.
Coprodeli’s agricultural school serves as practice-based learning experience for students who will be embarking on a world of sustainable agriculture and agribusiness. This top-notch education
will enable our future graduates to help Coprodeli stock its food supply and
enables Coprodeli to take advantage of using the food produced throughout the year in Coprodeli schools and centers.
Because of families’ poor economic situation, they often cannot afford to provide nutritious and balanced meals to their children. Without nutritious and balanced meals, children are forced into circumstances that reduce their potential – lack of energy and behavioral issues lead to lower performance or lack of attendance in the classroom, and their physical well-being is at risk. Malnutrition (or lack of nutrition) means the perpetuation of the cycle of hunger and poverty in the region.