A project of GlobeMed
GlobeMed at BC partners with CCC-UNSCH in Ayacucho, Peru to support access to health for the community's older adults
Who We Are // GlobeMed at Boston College
Founded in 2010, GlobeMed at Boston College is one of 50 GlobeMed chapters working to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. We partner with CCC-UNSCH in Ayacucho, Peru to support access to health education, care, and advocacy for the community's older adults.
Our Partner // Centro de Capacitacion de Campesino de la Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga (CCC-UNSCH) in Ayacucho, Peru
CCC-UNSCH has been working for over 30 years old to support the older adult within the communities of Ayacucho. CCC-UNSCH works by mobilizing groups of older adults in communities to discuss community health issues and develop projects that create innovative solutions. Older adults serve a vital role in the Ayacucho community, often caring for grandchildren while parents search for work elsewhere. Despite their crucial role as caregivers, breadwinners and leaders in the community, many lack access to their basic needs and adequate health care for either themselves or their grandchildren.
CCC-UNSCH works by mobilizing groups of older adults in communities to provide a forum for discussing problems and brainstorming projects to address important issues. For example, CCC-UNSCH is tackling malnutrition by collaborating with a team of older adults to cultivate a small garden and raise cuy (guinea pig) to supplement their food supply. The results of such projects permeate throughout the community, as grandparents are better able to care for their grandchildren and for themselves.
Our Project // $5,000 to Improve the Health of the Elderly
This year GlobeMed at Boston College will raise $5000 dollars in support of two income generation projects for our partner, CCC-UNSCH, in the communities of Huamanguilla, Peru and Yanama, Peru. In Huamanguilla, we will be providing animals and seeds to bolster the agricultural endeavors of the elderly in that community, who often live alone and must support themselves. In Yanama, we will be providing wool and other supplies for the older adults living there to make clothing and jewelry to sell. Through these income generation projects, the older adults of the Ayacucho region will be better able to take care of themselves and their grandchildren, whose parents must often leave in order to find work.