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OUR MISSION

The Pucusana Project is working to alleviate poverty in Pucusana Peru through

education, community projects and business training.

 

 The Pucusana Project is a nonprofit located in Lone Tree Colorado working to alleviate poverty in Pucusana Peru. The Pucusana Project 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. We want to help those living in the barrios take their first steps out of poverty by encouraging, strengthening and enabling the unique God-given skills and talents the people already have. We believe that the only proven way to truly alleviate poverty is through business growth. And the first steps in business growth is education.

 

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 their God-given talents into successful occupations. Through education and business growth, the entire community can access positive change. 

 

The Pucusana Project has many different "projects" in place to help alleviate poverty in Pucusana.

All of our projects are rooted in education and Christian beliefs.

Our projects include but are not limited to: 

Providing a Private Christian School for grades 1st-12th

Students Sponsorships for the children living in the barrios

Free classes for adults living in the barrios

Business and entrepreneurship training

Short Term Missions opportunities 

Starting the 1st modern Christian Church in Pucusana 

 

 PUCUSANA

About the City

Pucusana is a beautiful small fishing village and is the poorest city on the coast of Lima, the capital of Peru. 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.

 

Pucusana survives economically through its fishing port and beaches. The average family living in Pucusana depends on the fishing industry and summer tourism for income. 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 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. There is a lot of division between the two groups over land, trash and laws. 

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 top. 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 commercial fishing but do not have 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.  

 

More Facts: 

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

For more information about Pucusana and why our nonprofit is working there, please visit our About, Projects and News&Blog pages.  For more information specifically about the problems Pucusana faces, please read the article called “Problems in Pucusana” on the News&Blogs page.