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Accompanying Peruvian youth on the street

Monday 09 December 2019

Plagued by an extremely unstable economic situation in Peru, “Qosqo Maki” association supports children and teenagers working and/or living in the streets. Most of these young people come from the poorest regions of Cusco, and so the associations seeks to offer some stability in these young people’s lives and give them a place to socialise and grow.

Since its creation in 1990, more than 4000 young people have used the dormitory, library, bakery or participated in carpentry training offered by the association.

Thanks to its work, Qosqo Maki won the Javier Pérez de Cuéllar Human Rights Award in July 2013.

In 2019, Qosqo Maki’s library and cultural space welcomed almost 500 children and teenagers from the neighborhood who slept in the dormitory or took advantage of other activities offered by the association such as the library or the shows organized in the cultural space.

Finally, a small B&B was created to promote awareness of these vulnerable young people and to help finance the association’s activities.

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