Oye LENA was founded by two Belgians, Valerie Demol and Stefanie Van Erps. Valerie used to live in Peru, but returned in 2014. Since her return, she coördinates the project from Belgium. Stefanie lives on the project in Curahuasi, Peru and is the projectmanager.
Oye LENA is an educational project located in Curahuasi, 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 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.
Oye LENA consists of three educational projects:
Every afternoon since February 2013, Oye NENE has been offering education to toddlers, especially girls, in a school on the outskirts of Curahuasi. Thanks to the project’s location, we can reach more children who live in the countryside and do not go to regular schools. The children receive a hot meal, and visits to the doctor’s and the dentists are organised regularly.
We made a conscious choice to focus on girls in our nursery project, because they still receive fewer opportunities in society and because considerably fewer girls go to nursery schools. We want to break this pattern.
Oye INTI WARMA:
Since August 2014, we have been welcoming children with a disability in the afternoon. This way, we teach our toddlers (as well as the disabled kids) tolerance, responsibility towards each other, respect for and the value of differences. Every day, one or two disabled kids (blind or visually impaired children, kids with Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, etc.) join our toddlers and participate in the activities. Moreover, they are offered special activities, such as physiotherapy, Sherbone therapy, controlled multisensory environment therapy (snoezelen), etc.
Oye YACHAQ meets every three months with headmasters and kindergarten teachers from nine nursery schools in and around Curahuasi to talk about education, exchange working methods and work towards better education. The aim of these meetings is to create a mix of Peruvian and Western education methods for our specific target group and to exchange knowledge, materials and experience.
Everyone is welcome
– A Belgian contact person and 24/7 assistance when present on the project.
– reception upon arrival on the project,
– guidance and support during the whole period of volunteering,
– an enriching and unique experience abroad within a safe framework,
– an opportunity to develop your professional skills,
– immersion in a new language and culture,
– optional Spanish lessons at the project,
– assistance with preparing your tours
No costst for the volunteering
To stay in the Casa LENA house (bed & breakfast above the project) a shared room costs 9,5 USD per night, a private room 12,5 USD per night