The Center for Development with Dignity is home to numerous programs that enhance and expand educational opportunities for children, youth, and adults.

The center seeks to facilitate creative and cultural development in children by offering the opportunity to work with passionate and experienced professionals in art, dance, music, and more. Current workshops include:

  • Music (zampoña, cajón, guitar, and violin)
  • Photography
  • Peruvian dance
  • Visual arts (drawing, painting, and plastic arts)
  • Crafting
  • Sports
We are always hard at work to meet the needs of the community. We also offer:
      • Open homework hours to provide a space where children can focus and receive help
      • Individualized attention to maintain on-track development of math and reading skills
      • Evening computer classes for local adults
      • A library for public use and access
      • Free access to computers and the internet

Building Dignity seeks to equip young people with the tools to become agents of social change in their communities.

    VOICES OF YOUTH This program reaches out to young people, helps them cultivate leadership skills, and provides a forum for them to address the problems that marginalize their community. Workshops focus on human rights, self-esteem, teamwork and leadership. Young people learn skills such as planning and goal-setting and then activate this knowledge by designing and implementing community service and local development projects.

Building Dignity catalyzes development and social change through community-based projects and close partnerships with local leaders and youth.

BARRIO NUESTRO | 2018 An initiative to beautify public spaces, increase safety, and strengthen the structure of community organizing in La Encantada by means of a project to build a new community park. Building Dignity and local leaders seek to take this opportunity to foster community investment by sparking a dialogue with families as to their concerns and hopes for the neighborhood.

JOINING EL COLECTIVO | 2017 Building Dignity has joined a coalition of eleven nonprofits and the National Police to develop community policing strategies to reduce crime. The coalition also works to coordinate community projects and strengthen cooperation between organizations.

LIGHTING | 2016 Continuing long-running efforts to improve lighting and safety in the area, the Building Dignity team worked with local leaders to install lights at two soccer courts to keep them safe after dark.

Building Dignity is proud to have a long history of supporting development. Past partnerships with citizen-led development initiatives have included:

      • Creation of a public playground
      • Installation of a roof on a preschool
      • Creation of a community kitchen for families coping with food scarcity
      • Installation of paved roads
Read more about our programs and their impact in our Newsletters and Annual Reports