Centro Esperanza is a non-governmental organization founded in 1997 by Christian lay communities in Chiclayo, Peru. Motivated by faith and a preferential option for the poor, the centre provides training in leadership for children, youth, women, educators and community leaders. Their work is based in urban and rural communities throughout Lambayeque.
Focus areas are:
- human rights and democracy;
- gender equity;
- interculturality; and
- the environment
Centro Esperanza develops its programs alongside their participants. By advocating with them, they work to improve public policy in these areas.
Projects Heart-Links currently supports:
- Helping Victims of El Niño Rebuild is a short-term project to accompany, train and provide material support to 35 rural families whose houses, lands, crops, animals, irrigation system, and water supply were damaged or destroyed in 2017 by flooding caused by El Niño.
Past projects supported by Heart-Links:
- A series of programs aimed at improving living conditions in the informal urban settlement San Borja by organizing, training and fostering the leadership and income generation of an all-woman community development committee (2015–2018)
- Promoting intercultural teaching and learning in four Lambayeque high schools (2018–2019)
- Providing support and accompaniment to 135 families living in four tent cities in Illimo after they lost their homes to flooding in 2017