Children outside their rural school

ACIES (Esperanza Civil Association) is a nongovernmental organization based in the impoverished Esperanza neighbourhood of Cajamarca, Peru. The association offers children and adults programs that help improve their quality of life and their levels of education through personal and community development. ACIES runs the Alternative Campesino School in the rural community of Pomobamba and an afterschool program of alternative education in Esperanza. Members of ACIES are volunteers—students and professionals—from a range of disciplines.

Projects that Heart-Links currently supports:

  • Esperanza Centre for Alternative Education, a centre that offers children an after-school program that respects and values their Indigenous heritage. Children draw on the ancestral knowledge of their community, create new knowledge through hands-on projects, and practise independence and sustainability by growing a garden and using its produce.