posted Oct 16, 2010, 3:36 PM by Henrik Mitsch
updated Jan 27, 2013, 8:39 AM
We’ve been busy at Building Dignity! Recent highlights:
- Growing library. Susie Taylor, currently a grad student at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, gave a boost to the library at the Center for Development with Dignity by shipping hundreds of dollars of human rights-focused books. And Andrea Galdames brought a beautiful array of new children’s books to La Encantada. What wonderful contributions.
- Emergency daycare. Since the local “Wawa Wasi” daycare got evicted from its space by a corrupt local leader, the Center for Development with Dignity provided our space for seven months (free of charge) to keep this vital community service going.
- Running water. In Lima, Martha Huamán and Jesús Valencia completed installation of piped water. Showers at last! Plus new desk, shelves, and folding tables for the Center, as well as improvements to the guestroom for visiting volunteers.
- Survey of Community Needs and Solutions. In La Encantada, students from Peru’s Catholic University conducted a pilot survey designed by the U8 group at the University of Oxford. A key tool for setting the agenda of the Center for Development with Dignity, this survey asks neighbors to identify problems and propose community solutions.
- "Voices of the Youth." In Lima, Emily Hedin launched an exciting new program: "Voces de la Juventud." Its goal is to empower young women, give them the tools and the confidence to assume positions of leadership, and encourage them to participate in their community.
Emily writes: “We organized 2 workshops a week for 5 weeks for a dozen amazing girls, ages 10-16. Through games, art, and discussion, we encountered the topics of universal human rights, women’s rights, female leadership in Latin America, and the challenges girls face in cultural contexts around the world. Finally, we hosted a community dinner and the girls presented their work. After evaluating and improving the curriculum, the workshops will resume in October.”
- Dinner strikes a chord with generous guests. In Minneapolis, we organized a dinner at the home of David Hong. Joe Christenson and David shared their vocal and guitar talents, and Bryan Frantz backed them up from the kitchen. Guests liked the music, food, and vision so much they donated $1,520. Thank you!
- University of Nebraska visit. In Lincoln, Emily and Paul shared the work of Building Dignity with students, faculty, and community members. As guests of Julia Schleck and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, we enjoyed a visit brimming with fruitful discussions, especially with the Transnational Feminisms working group. Read more in the Daily Nebraskan: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/women-and-gender-studies-colloquium-speakers-discuss-building-dignity-in-peru-1.2328179
- Seeking donation of digital camera. If you have an old digital camera to donate, the Center of Development with Dignity needs one.
Finally, photos. I especially like the last one, which shows the beautiful space that we've created.