Teaching kids in different educational projects Teaching kids in different educational projects Curahuasi, Abancay, Peru Oye LENA
Oye LENA offers in the morning private education to children and teenagers with disabilities and every afternoon to toddlers with a focus on girls and inclusive education

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Project Details

Oye LENA is an educational project situated in the heart of the Andes, a village called Curahuasi (2h30 driving from the city of Cusco).

Oye LENA is an educational project located in Curahuasi, Peru in the heart of the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,600 metres. It was founded on 15 April 2012 and has been an officially registered NGO in Peru since 8 February 2013.

Oye LENA is short for “Oye Loquitas EN Acción!” which freely translated means: “Listen up, we are taking action!”

Oye LENA tries to tackle poverty and social inequality through quality education. Every child has the right to a quality education, focused on personality development, regardless of their own capabilities and limitations and regardless of the place and culture in which they grow up. Children from underprivileged families and ethnic minorities, children with a disability and children in rural areas should have the same opportunities as others.

Oye LENA consists of four educational projects, that actually form one entity. 

  • Oye NIÑOS, afterschool education for TODDLERS,
  • Oye JUNTOS, children with or without a disability TOGETHER 
  • Oye LOCAL, a partnership with the LOCAL population to work towards better education 
  • OYE MUNDO: Create WORLD citizens out of volunteers

Curahuasi is located in Peru, in the heart of the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,688 metres. It is one of the nine districts of the Abancay province in the department of Apurímac. The town has 16,500 inhabitants. The inhabitants’ main occupation is the cultivation of anise(ed), hence Curahuasi’s nickname of Global Anise Capital. Curahuasi is a very safe place to stay. 

The languages spoken in Curahuasi are Spanish and Quechua. In town, most people speak both, the further away from the centre, the more people only speak Quechua.

The Casa Lena building is located:

  • at a 15 minutes’ walk from the Curahuasi centre,
  • 10 minutes away from the Diospi Suyana hospital (a German non-profit organisation),
  • 25 minutes away from the thermal baths in Cconoc,
  • 1 ½  hours away from the city of Abancay,
  • 2 hours east of Cuzco city and the Holy Valley, where Machu Picchu is located.

Volunteers and students who arrange their accommodation through Oye LENA get a room at the main building of Casa Lena.There are private rooms and shared rooms. The bathroom, kitchen and living room are shared. We organize a lot of group activities, cooking classes, rafting, ... 

“Fight poverty and social inequality by providing and working on quality education, stimulating development, and enhancing chances in the future for every child, regardless the child’s own limitations or the place/culture in which he or she grows up.”

Our project is open to everyone. We believe in a pluralistic society, in which people with different backgrounds interact with each other in a positive way without losing their individuality.

Only through quality education can a child reach his or her full potential.

But what does quality education entail?

We try to create a place where every child is unique and equal, where their rights are upheld, where they can be carefree and feel good. Feeling good also means being healthy, which is why we organise doctor’s visits and work on health education. Only then can children develop their talents and learn to be independent and self-confident.

Our education is centered around the child’s living environment, which consists of challenges and experiences, stimulates experimenting and exploring and forms the basis for learning in a motivating way. We try to stimulate the children’s development through “learning by doing” and “learning by playing” in order to increase their chance of a better future.

Every child is first and foremost a child. This is also true for children with a disability; (:) they are children with interests, abilities and limits. Just as we do with other kids, we start with their abilities, with what they can do. Through inclusive education, we want to teach our toddlers and disabled kids tolerance, responsibility towards each other, respect for differences and the values of this differences.

We use innovative methods such as Sherborne, controlled multisensory environment therapy (snoezelen), learning centers, multisensory storytelling, bodymap, etc. We have created a mix of Belgian and Peruvian learning objectives, which include not only cognitive objectives, but also objectives related to social and emotional wellbeing and attitudes. These objectives give us something to go on, but we never lose sight of the child.

Education is likelier to bring good results when all parties involved work together. This is why we try to involve local schools, the health center and especially parents. We also expect our staff (both permanent staff and volunteers) to support this.



The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Contact Person
Stefanie Van Erps
Stefanie Van Erps
Spoken Languages
Spanish
English
Dutch

Social Impact

Oye LENA tries to tackle poverty and social inequality through qualitative education. Every child has the right to qualitative education, focussed on personality development, regardless of their own capabilities and limitations and regardless of the place and culture in which they grow up. Children from underprivileged families and ethnic minorities, children with a disability and children in rural areas should have the same opportunities as others.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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