GlobeMed at the University of Rochester partners with Kallpa Iquitos in Iquitos, Peru to support community-based health and education programs.
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester + Kallpa Iquitos
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester | Rochester, New York
Kallpa Iquitos | Iquitos, Peru
62% of 17-18 year olds have not completed secondary school education, the equivalent of a high school diploma/GRE.
“The power of collaboration, exchanging ideas, and continued communication cannot be underestimated. Truly understanding the passion and success behind a network full of partnership, both nationally and abroad, brought this to light.”
– Shouling Zhang, University of Rochester ’13
About the Partnership
Founded in 1991, Kallpa is a national non-profit in Peru that works in the Lima, Cusco, Loreto, and Ayacucho regions. Kallpa’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adolescents from underprivileged backgrounds through strengthening healthcare and social skills with creative solutions. They strive for family and community participation, sustainable strategies, and the ability to propose policy changes in health and education. Since the fall of 2010, the GlobeMed chapter at University of Rochester has raised over $8,000 for Kallpa Iquitos to support a Youth Center in the community of Iquitos, Peru.
GlobeMed at University of Rochester supports Kallpa Iquitos’ programs focused on comprehensive and sustainable development within Pampachica. Kallpa Iquitos has developed programs to target youth employment, sexual health, neighborhood safety, food security, and environmental health. Examples include vocational training workshops, HIV/AIDS and youth violence awareness campaigns, and microbusiness trash collection programs.
The outcomes of these projects are significant. School reinforcement programs result in higher graduation rates, greater pursuit of secondary education, and career development among Iquitos’ youth. Sexual and reproductive health programs lower HIV incidence rates and improve health awareness. Cleanup programs reduce pollution and improve hygiene. Through all of these efforts, GlobeMed at University of Rochester optimizes the results Kallpa Iquitos sees in Peru.
GlobeMed at University of Rochester hopes to raise $12,000 to fund sexual health and reproductive education programs, sanitation improvement projects, and academic support programs in Iquitos, Peru. Sexual health workshops run by Kallpa Iquitos will be supplemented by youth peer health advocacy, in which leaders in youth groups will raise awareness in the community about the risks of unprotected sex and the services available through the new health center.