How everything started
Together with the support of Susana Ramos, the intervention programs in the housing association of San Isidro in Mollebaya begin to take place every Sunday, and the first board of directors Intiwawa Peru was formed.
Beginning of the first initiatives by founder Leonel Revilla with the communities in the streets of San Isidro (Arequipa, Peru).
Intiwawa e.V. is founded in Germany by Henning Lüke, establishing Intiwawa internationally. A board of directors and a group of volunteers initiate the formalization of the organization.
Intervention programs begin in the villages of San Juan de Tarukani, Salinas and Coporaque.
The COVID pandemic reaches Peru and the world, and projects are restructured to be implemented remotely.
The “Casa Intiwawa” is built as a community center for children and families.
"IWA en Acción" is founded as a registered Peruvian non-profit organization. The position of General Director is created, enabling the professionalization and restructuration of the organization into Committee teams.
Onsite projects with the children and families are restarted again, ensuring all biosafety protocols are in place at Casa Intiwawa.
A bit of background
In Peru, more than 45% of students do not achieve the standard learning objectives, and this failure is reflected in the high unemployment rate, which aggravates the cycle of poverty.
Many families in the community of Machahuaya (Mollebaya) work in brick production, whilst families in Coporaque work in agriculture. The work is informal, physically demanding, and often laborers are at risk of exploitation and accidents. Children often have to contribute to this work, increasing the rates of child labor within these communities.
At Intiwawa, since 2007, we have been working to break this cycle by providing quality education and training to Arequipa's children and families.