No sooner have we closed donations to our ALMA Girls Leadership Camp (thank you for your donations) but it's time to fundraise for our VALOR Boys Leadership Camp, to take place at the end of June. This is the last camp I will be participating in, so if you've had an itching to donate to my projects but haven't yet, this is it!
We will be putting on a three-day camp for a total of 60 adolescent boys from our towns across the region of Lambayeque, from rural, semi-rural, and urban communities. Our focus will be promoting the "well-rounded IRONMAN"- through activities in agriculture and business, environment, future planning, nutrition, sexual health, and gender equality (fighting the ever-dominant machismo). So, in order to achieve our goal we need to raise money FAST, about $2,300 in the next month. A little goes a long way here in Peru! If you weren't able to donate fast enough to contribute to the girls' camp, here's your chance! Once we reach our goal, the link will close.
|Camp VALOR 2012, held at a local environmental NGO Headquarters, same location as Camp VALOR 2013|
|Scary stories around the campfire|
|Our ever-popular "Body of Passion" nightly soap opera, telling tales of the dangers of STDs|
|Boys setting future goals and planning out the steps of how to get there|
Here in Peru, sleepovers are not a thing and Peruvian teens in our region have very few opportunities to attend overnight camps. Camp VALOR is a valuable opportunity for both young leaders and boys-at-risk to learn and be inspired by each other, and have a safe space to talk honestly about relationships, health, and other topics with their peers and Peace Corps Volunteers. The boys will take vocational exams and learn from exemplary young male professionals about different careers, they will have talks about puberty and sexual health with our Peace Corps doctor from Lima, and they will learn about how to take care of the environment through separating trash, creating compost, and making ecological products like sweet potato popsicles for sale. Keep in mind this is all benefitting boys from communities that often don't have the human or financial resources to offer these kinds of high-quality trainings.
As with all of our projects, a significant portion of the budget (40%) is coming from local community contributions and donated support. All donations made through this link are secure through the Peace Corps website and tax-deductible.
Will you help us meet our fundraising needs? Please forward this email on to friends and family you think may be interested! The Peace Corps Volunteers of Lambayeque, Peru and our adolescent campers thank you!! Any questions feel free to email me or you can read more about the project in the donation link.