The Pucusana Project is working to alleviate poverty in Pucusana Peru through
education, community projects and business training.
The Pucusana Project is an American nonprofit working to alleviate poverty in Pucusana Peru. We wants to help develop this small fishing town into a thriving community WITH the local people. We do not believe in material or financial handouts for those living in poverty. Instead, we want to help those living in the barrios take their first steps out of poverty by encouraging, strengthening and enabling the skills and talents the people already have.
How do you alleviate poverty for a whole community? You increase the economic state of the entire community. How do you do that? By educating the poor and enabling successful occupations. Through education and business growth, the entire community can access positive change.
Pre-pandemic, The Pucusana Project had many different projects in place to help alleviate poverty in Pucusana. All of our projects are rooted in education and Christian beliefs. We held an after-school tutoring and study hall, had evening cooking classes and business trainings for adults and provided positive community events.
Post-pandemic, we are working on similar projects as before. We have an after-school community center for kids to read, learn English and work on math and science materials. We also have a mobile Library van that travels to different impoverished neighborhoods once a week to host a "read along" afternoon for kids. And lastly, we are working toward building a massive private Christian school facility and hope to launch a Christian Church in the near future.
About the City
Pucusana is a small fishing village just two hours outside Lima city. It is the poorest city on the coast. The District of Pucusana was officially created on the 21st of January 1943. In 1950, the district of Pucusana became part of Lima City. Pucusana is connected to Lima through the South Pan American Highway and is known for its beautiful beaches.
Pucusana survives economically through its fishing port and tourism. These two jobs are seasonal and leave most families to struggle financially.
Tourism is at its high during the summer months (December to March). Wealthy families from the city come to stay in million dollar houses all around Pucusana's beaches and the Island. While the tourism brings in a lot of money for the local restaurants, shops and markets; the gap between the rich and poor seems to widen, especially post-pandemic.
The fishing industry is dominated by men who quit school before the age of 15 in order to help their families financially. The industry is very competitive and corrupt, with most of the money going to the Dock Captain and trucking companies at the top of the supply chain. Most fisherman will spend months out at sea, away from their families, only to bring home enough money to last a month or two.
A lot of men living in Pucusana have been injured do to the dangers of the fishing industry, but they do not receive any health benefits or compensation from the fishing industry and are left jobless.
The fisherman are also the main group responsible for the plastic waste polluting the harbor and beaches. Due to the unhealthy atmosphere and financial stressed of the fishing industry, many of the men turn to alcohol, physical violence or abandon their families all together.
The public school system in Pucusana has a 2% college acceptance rate
The literacy of the average adult in the area is under a 6th grade level
Over half of the women have one if not two children by the age of 20
The city would religiously identify as Catholic, but the majority of the people are agnostic
For more information about Pucusana and why our nonprofit is working there,
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