In 2005, Mama Alice started working in the poor communities of Keiko Soﬁa and 11 de Junio. Our interventions were focused on all aspects of living conditions in order to make a better future possible for the children, their parents and family. This, when possible, is in collaboration with schools, district authorities and other authorities.
After evaluation in 2015, we concluded that substantial progress had been made in both communities, especially compared with other communities that had not been supported by Mama Alice. The most important impact in both communities after 10 years of Mama Alice are:
- Improved educational levels
- Enhanced hygiene
- Higher level of communication in families
- More positive self-image and future vision
- Greater knowledge, results in better decisions
We were particularly pleased to see that the problem-solving capacity had improved so that families and former pupils themselves can seek their own solutions. They gained sufficient knowledge to view problems from different angles.
Because the communities of Keiko Soﬁa and 11 de Junio largely could depend on themselves, we looked for another community to help in their progress. Several communities submitted an application to Mama Alice.
After careful consideration, we chose the Yanama community. As it is the poorest community of Ayacucho, most families face multiple problems: extreme poverty, alcoholism, domestic violence, school backlog or sexual violence.
We started our work here in 2016. And since then, Mama Alice has been able to establish a very good relationship with schools and other institutions in Yanama as well as with the families.
In 2018, when opening our Hospitality Training Centre, we expanded our work to the village Quinua, about an 1-hour drive from Ayacucho. Because the opening of our HTC we generated more economic activity, we wanted the local people to be involved as well.
Furthermore, we realized a water supply for Lorenzayocc, a hamlet of Quinua.