SOMDES (Global Solidarity for Social Development)

Our partner organization SOMDES works with a poor indigenous population in Ayacucho, Peru in the Andes Mountains of South America. They provide programming designed to help at risk adolescents to develop self-supporting skills such as organic gardening, guinea pig farming, weaving and sewing. The students attend the program outside of school hours. The program provides them with positive adult role models and support, a meal and vocational instruction. The skills they gain in the program are intended to help them to earn an income as adults. Another object of the project is to allow the youth to use their spare time in a positive way and to prevent involvement with drugs and gangs. Many of the students come from homes in which the parents are frequently unavailable due to work so supportive interactions with adults are very important.