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Inti Runakunaq Wasin

Cusco, Perú

Critical Need

Despite Cuzco being one of the most touristic cities in Peru, social problems persist in the population. According to a study of National Comprehensive Programs for Family Welfare (INABIF), there are 26000 children and adolescents who have been abandoned by their families or they have abandoned their homes, in order not to continue being victims of any form of violence. Frequently these children are prone to begging, homelessness, crime, become drug-addicted, and victims of sexual exploitation. Their situation also restricts them from accessing education, protection and nutrition leading to poor physical-mental development and greater vulnerability to diseases.

 

In Cuzco there is a lack of centres and organizations with programs to support families, children, adolescents or young adults and people with different abilities; all those who have made the streets of the city their main space for socialization and development, especially since the boom of tourism in Cuzco began. This need was what prompted G Adventures founder, Bruce Poon Tip, to have Planeterra support a sustainable program for this community back in 2004.

 

Inti Runakunaq Wasin (IRW) is a non-profit organization with 19 years of institutional experience, composed of an interdisciplinary group of professionals from Cuzco whose mission is to contribute to the integral development of children, adolescents, young people who are victims of family violence; IRW seeking the family integration, while promoting their positive participation in the development of their communities.

Our Involvement

Since 2004 Planeterra has partnered with Inti Runakunaq Wasin to contribute to the integral development of children, adolescents, young people, women and people with special needs who are at risk, abandoned or are victims of domestic violence; those looking to improve their quality of life and promoting positive participation in their communities and families. Planeterra funded the purchase of their main centre in 2009 to have a permanent place for the voluntary drop-in centre, now called creative centre Inti Runakunaq Wasin “The House of Children of the Sun” where the children and youth grow and flourish with different educational, training, workshop, occupational and income generation programs.

 

G Adventures brings Family travellers to the Centre to participate in different workshops allowing for children-to-children interaction which helps build knowledge, understanding of healthy participation in activities, makes meaningful connections that are enhanced through encounters with people from other cultures. All of this supports a program that promotes the integral human development of children and adolescents who have been authorized by their parents to participate in the program.

Impact

Thanks to this partnership, Inti Runakunaq Wasin has grown as an organization and nowadays works in five locations throughout the country where children are more vulnerable: San Jeronimo, Ccatcca, Urcos, Huayopata and Quillabamba. In these locations they have implemented four other centres for well-being called “Centros para el Buen Vivir” (Centres for Good Living) impacting and benefiting more than 2600 children, adolescents or young adults who have discovered and developed their own capacities and potential, developing their creativity and social skills so that they can define their personal life projects and face the future with optimism and confidence in themselves.