MEJORC is a non-profit organization, based in Portland, Oregon, that strives to bring rural communities in Peru a better life by providing education and resources to its residents. MEJOR Communities stands for Managing, Executing and Joining Opportunities for Rural Communities. In Spanish, mejor means better.
We have worked in several areas of Peru, including Piura and Cajamarca, and hope to expand our reach to additional areas through partnerships with Peruvian organizations over time.
Why We Work
Rural communities in Peru call themselves los pueblos olvidados, or the forgotten towns, because they receive little help from government or other organizations. The number of children who attend school are few, and even fewer graduate. Also, health centers and hospitals are very scarce. In one district there is just one health post, staffed with a doctor, an obstetrician, and two nurses, serving 27 communities. Some of these communities have to walk two hours to arrive at the health post.
Most concerning to MEJORC is the lack of basic health knowledge in these communities. Many families do not understand the importance of hand washing, teeth brushing, eating nutritious meals, or even the harm that smoke-filled kitchens does them and their children.
MEORC is reaching out and providing necessary resources to the people of these communities. We accomplish this through the training of local youth in the basics of disease prevention, first-aid, and family values, among other important topics for youth. With this knowledge health promoters are better equipped to plan community health projects, be community leaders, help improve health habits, and decrease family violence. With encouragement, they develop a community action plan to improve health, which we are then able to support either financially, through increased training, technical assistance, or by providing appropriate connections to other organizations which specialize in the type of project proposed.
The MEJOR Communities Blog will provide MEJORC supporters easy access to learn about upcoming MEJORC events, project developments and will document the journey of MEJORC’s sponsored volunteers as they work with our partner, Expand Peru. We are very excited to share our findings and developments with everyone and will be sure to do so whenever possible. More information about MEJORC can also be found on our website www.mejorc.org