Mama Alice is an NGO based in Ayacucho – one of the poorest regions of Peru. We work with the most vulnerable members of Ayacucho’s society – focusing on children, young people and families who are facing issues such as domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse, malnutrition and unemployment. These issues have a devastating impact on physical wellbeing, mental health and social relationships. We therefore place education and psychology at the core of our approach, so that the impact we make lasts for good.
We currently support 500 Peruvians each year directly– Through our educational and psychosocial work, and hospitality training center. Indirectly, our work impacts many more people – breaking down social barriers, changing community attitudes, and creating a safer and more economically prosperous region. We work with local partners and the government to make sure that our help is culturally sensitive, practical and sustainable.
Mery , 44
I have six children. We all live together at the top of a mountain – with no car access, and until recently, no running water. It’s one of the poorest districts of Ayacucho. Before I encountered Mama Alice, I did not have the money to support my family. Mama Alice gave my children the education and psychological support to work through trauma. My daughter Kimberly works at their hospitality centre as a guide. They also fixed a job for me so I could work from home. I’m not sure where we, or other families in our neighborhood would be without the help of Mama Alice. Our community has come together and our children have hope for the future.
I am forever grateful to Mama Alice.