APRODEH is a Peruvian non-governmental organization committed to the comprehensive defense and promotion of human rights, whose mission is to contribute to the development of social, legal and political processes that safeguard and promote the validity of all rights for all citizens, within the framework of greater efforts to build a equitable and democratic country.
The volunteer will be involved in projects carried out at the APRODEH regional headquarters in Ayacucho.
The activities of the project will be carried out in “Centro Poblado Culluchaca (Huanta)”, a province with one of the highest level of affectation of the political violence experienced in Peru during the period of 1980-2000.
This project has the objective to strengthen the development of the capacities of the rural communities, particularly, their agroecology production in a close dialogue with their Andean culture. The project is committed to the ancestral knowledge of the local communities, their cultural identity, their productive wealth, mainly the variety of their native production and their memories of pain and resistance during the period of political violence. The project is aimed to incorporate strategies for the adaptation of the rural economy to climate change incorporating modern techniques in order to develop the agroecology production; improving the quality of their diet in order to contribute to the fight against children's anemia; and, finally, maintaining their memories to contribute to the empowerment of their leadership and the social management capabilities. The project will carry out various actions of political and social impact for the agroecology. Operational details & security context
Ayacucho is located in the southern highlands of Peru. Huamanga is the capital of the region, where the Regional Government and the most important social, economic and political actors in the region are located. Ayacucho has a population of 689 thousand inhabitants. It has a diverse of geographic, development, and security realities. Its population is mostly bilingual with Quechua as its mother tongue. Its culture is ancestral and its social, medicinal and agricultural traditions are kept alive. Ayacucho has as main economic activity the agriculture. Huamanga has an airport, but you can also access this city by bus or plane. It is a medium-sized city with a characteristic architecture in its historic center and a lot of traditional Andean cultural wealth. Ayacucho artistic expression are highly recognized at the national level, particularly its music and crafts.
Sendero Luminoso (SL), was a terrorist organization that during 20 years generated innumerable damages to the population, causing thousands of deaths and missing persons and a strong economic and social damage, entered into the region in 1987. Ayacucho is the region with the highest number of victims because the anti-subversive fight was also very bloody.
After the Fujimori dictatorship fall (2000), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) was created. Their recommendations, based on the permanent demand of the organizations of victims' families and the human rights movement, have been implemented partially. Today, no regional government has had as a priority to work for the integral development of the communities, taking account the social and institutional fragility left by the conflict in the region.
APRODEH has supported the legal defense of several cases of the disappeared and murdered in Huanta. Today, It has been achieved legal for human rights violations committed by militaries. At the same time, APRODEH has also promoted the delivery of remains bodies of victims for judicial and humanitarian reasons. Together with organizations of relatives of victims, APRODEH has carry out advocacy actions for the truth and search of the disappeared people and for the implementation of a memory policy as an instrument of dialogue, the search for justice and comprehensive development.
The volunteer will reside in Huamanga. This city has all the basic services: internet, medical attention, markets, good restaurants, hotels and an active cultural life. You can also do sports activities and walks in the countryside. APRODEH will provide safe accommodation with all the basic requirements. The city is quiet with all the services and security conditions. There are some safe taxi services that facilitate transportation in the city; although being a medium city to many places you can go on foot. APRODEH will reinforce periodically the training of the volunteer in health and safety plan information, taking account theft or robbery or street may occur the health and safety plan.
“Centro Poblado de Culluchaca” is 2 hours from Huamanga and to get the we have to go through Huanta by a paved road. From Huanta to Culluchaca the road is only affirmed. The work in the rural communities is not prioritized between January and February due to the rains.
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