Since 1984, Centro Santa Angela (Centro de Formación y Promoción Humana “Santa Angela”) has been working to combat poverty and promote human and community development in José Leonardo Ortiz, a municipal district that forms part of the greater metropolitan area of the coastal city Chiclayo. Originally founded through an initiative of the Ursuline Religious of Chatham, the centre is legally incorporated as a non-profit civil association under the direction of a coordinating team of five women, a number of whom grew up in JLO and still make their homes there.
Centro Santa Angela takes a rights-based, gender and environmental approach to form and strengthen community leadership and promote an engaged and organized citizenry for comprehensive human development. Centro Santa Angela regularly partners with local educational and government institutions and professional bodies to strengthen the impact and reach of its work. The centre also participates actively in local forums such as the Lambayeque Roundtable to Combat Poverty.
Projects that Heart-Links currently supports:
- Ecological Action Plan, a project aimed at harnessing the energy of women, men, youth and children of Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre to clean up their neighbourhood, fill their local park with plants and trees, introduce recycling, repurpose used materials and reduce waste.
- Leadership Training in the J.L. Ortiz District, a school for community leaders in the populous and rapidly growing municipality of José Leonardo Ortiz. Emerging leaders participate in a series of workshops aimed at strengthening the ability of individuals and communities to participate fully in society.
- Men for Gender Equality, works with men to examine and challenge assumptions about gender roles and to develop new concepts of masculinity and paternity that embrace relationships of equality and respect.