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 residents of this area are immigrants to Huancayo from the terrorism-affected towns of Ayacucho and Huancaveliva.
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 the students to complete. Here our volunteers will be helping the students with anything from maths to science. A good grasp of Spanish is useful but not essential. However, the more you can speak to the students, the more you will get out of being a volunteer here.
In addition to assisting with homework, our volunteers organize and run different activities. At the moment the students are taught English, and arts and crafts, alongside 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 run 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 and paper, and toothbrushes and soap. We also provide the students with a proper meal once a week and bring in items such as fruit, which would otherwise be lacking from their diet.