Makikita Quykuway Community Center
The Makikita Quykuway Community Center was established in February 2008. This Community Center was launched to provide additional educational support to some of the poorest children of the Cooperativa Santa Isabel community. Many of the local residents originally immigrated to Huancayo from Ayacucho and Huancavelica (nearby towns in Peru) during the terrorism that affected all of Peru in the 1990s.
Over the years Makikita Quykuway Community Center has grown and is now firmly established as a central part of the community. Each day the students bring in their homework which, alongside Makikita staff, the volunteers help students to complete. Here our volunteers help the students with a range of school subjects, which might include math, science, or English. A good grasp of Spanish is useful but not essential to best help the students. However, if you have a higher knowledge base of Spanish, you will be able to better interact with our students and form more meaningful connections with both the staff and the children.
In addition to assisting with homework, our volunteers organize and run a variety of activities. For instance, some current volunteer led activities include: teaching English, leading arts and crafts, and teaching lessons in crucial life skills such as hygiene, safety, discipline and healthy eating. We also encourage the students to take part in sports and various other games and activities. We are always open to suggestions and should any volunteers wish to begin any new activities with the students we will always do our best to facilitate this. Makikita Quykuway also provides the children with free school and hygiene supplies such as pens, paper, toothbrushes, and soap. We also provide the students with a full meal once a week and bring in healthy items such as fruit, which the children would otherwise likely not be able to obtain.