What is Team Peru and Mama Cocha?

Team Peru is a non-for-profit group within the CIS community that raises money for the Mama Cocha Children’s Center in Peru. Team Peru was founded in 2005 and has since then supported abused and neglected children in Peru.

In 2008 Mama Cocha’s Children’s Center in Los Organos, Northern Peru, was built with Team Peru’s funding and support. Mama Cocha is in the desert; it is arid and dry. Things don’t grow and there is little fresh water. Many die of dehydration related illness. It is a harsh environment to live in and unemployment is rife. 

In the fall of 2019 the center was moved to the next village, Mancora. This move was necessary to ensure safety for both children and the employees. 

The children and young people at Mama Cocha suffer from physical or mental disabilities and are unable to access any preschool/school stimulation. Some of the children are severely mistreated by their parents, and many come from dysfunctional homes, aggressive parents, large families and low income – effects of poverty and unemployment. 

Due to the global pandemic COVID-19, Peru has been under very strict lockdown (including curfew) since March 16, 2020 and Mama Cocha Centre has been temporarily closed but is now open again. 

Our focus is currently on supporting the children in the area with essential items to help them cope. Most of the families are in dire economical situations as their income was reliant upon hand to mouth earnings through fishing and tourism and they are struggling to provide even the most basic of needs such as water, nappies and paracetamol. Life Box’s is our newest support program; staff at Mama Cocha are buying and distributing food and other necessities to all the families involved in the programme. 

Our goal: 

Our goal is to support the running cost of the center which includes salaries for the staff at Mama Cocha; a physiotherapist, a psychologist and an after school pedagog..

This is done by teaching our CIS students to plan and execute fundraising events as well as instilling the notion of commitment, perseverance and understanding of the need to help. 

Our students develop skills to creating awareness by giving presentation and writing articles about our project 

Furthermore we hope to teach our students about global awareness in developing countries. 

Our work in Peru 

Whilst in Peru we work at the Mama Cocha Children’s Center on maintenance of the building, which due to the harsh environment deteriorates quickly. 

To gain an insight into what the Center means to the local people, our students work with the local staff either in the physiotherapist room or the nursery. 

To help some of the unemployed parents, we have built a vendor cart to be used for selling home made bread at the local food market. 

Another area which has increased over time is the outreach program which provides services/help to those children in the community that cannot get to the center for help. As a part of this programme we have committed our students to helping with the construction of bathrooms in order to try prevent hygiene related diseases. The work includes digging trenches for pipelines and bricklaying. 

Student Trips to Peru 

Every two years, students from CIS travel to Peru to see the wonderful work that is being done by our people in Peru. The purpose of the trip is to gain first hand experience in a developing country as well as seeing first-hand where all the money that is fundraised by the members of Team Peru in Copenhagen. The trip is an opportunity for the students to experience another culture, develop new skills and meet the team we support in Peru. 

How to support us 

Peru has suffered extremely during the global pandemic. The low vaccination roll out has led to a high number of cases and deaths 

Most of the families are in dire economical situations as their income was reliant upon hand to mouth earnings through fishing and tourism and they are struggling to provide even the most basic of needs such as water, nappies and food. 

Life Box’s is our newest support program; staff at Mama Cocha are buying and distributing food and other necessities to all the families involved in the programme.