I have recently been volunteering for Reciprocity NGO, a great NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) in Lima, Peru. Reciprocity NGO is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the living conditions in the pueblos jóvenes (shanty towns) of Lima, Peru. Visiting these areas is a real eye opener. They are a short distance from the posh high rise districts of Miraflores and La Molina but a World apart. These communities live in extreme poverty, many in small wooden huts without access to running water or electricity. Click through the slideshow below to see some of the communities supported by Reciprocity:
About Reciprocity NGO
Through various humanitarian projects they strive to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty within Lima. The projects combined with the hard work of the Reciprocity volunteers and locals helps to establish a foundation for the communities to build on and become self-sustainable in the future. Work varies to cater specifically for what is needed most, but the aim is to ensure the people have basic infrastructure. This may include: building safe stairways and supporting walls, community centres and schools, clearing the communities of garbage and planting flowers and trees.
Although the organisation works with the communities as a whole, their primary focus is on the children. Reciprocity NGO believes that by providing the younger generation with access to education, nutrition, social capital, and hope they are giving them the tool to escape the poverty cycle. More information about Reciprocity NGO and the story behind their founder Edwin Rojas can be found here. Click through the slideshow below to view some of the cute & cheeky kids supported by Reciprocity NGO in Lima, Peru, South America:
Reciprocity NGO are always looking for volunteers and donations. The volunteers are a really nice group of people from Peru and around the World. They take you safely to the communities via mini bus from Miraflores before dropping you back later, and there is no cost involved. If you want to help, send them an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can Whats App or call.
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