Samusocial Peru:

Samusocial Peru was created in Peru as a non-governmental organization in March 2004 and started its operations in January 2005 in Huaycan, outside of Lima. It is affiliated with Samusocial International and with Samusocial de Paris.

The Samusocial de Paris was created in 1993 by Doctor Xavier Emmanuelli (Co-founder of Medecins sans Frontieres in 1971 and member of the French Government 1995-1997 under Prime Minister Alain Juppe as Secretaire d'Etat a l'Action Humanitaire d'Urgence) with the help of the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, to meet the medical, psychological and social needs of the excluded from society, to the extent that they do not know how to obtain the care guaranteed under common law in France (hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and shelters). Its specificity resides in its mobile structures (roving teams) and in the fact that it operates day and night and goes into all areas.

In 1998, the Samusocial International was created as an extension of the original structure. All the large cities of the world generate social dislocation, loss of sense and finally, exclusion: many people in great distress try to survive on the streets. Samusocial International reaches out towards these people in order to provide them with emergency aid and to seek out, with its partners, sustainable solutions for the longer term.
Samusocial International is present in countries like Algeria, Belgium, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, French Guyana, Mali, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Senegal and since 2005, in Peru.

Samusocial Peru is concentrating its efforts in Huaycan, one of the Pueblos Jovenes (poor neighborhoods) that surround the capital, Lima. It operates two mobile units (ambulances, one of which was bought by the Children of Peru foundation) that goes daily to Huaycan in search of people, mainly children, in need of immediate medical assistance. The children of Huaycan and their families face many medical and psychological problems such as family violence, sexual abuse, alcoholism, depression, and respiratory and intestinal diseases. Malnutrition is an issue for many children. The mobile unit is composed of a social worker, a nurse and a driver. They cruise the neighborhood in order to care for and listen to people in social and medical emergency situations. They organize their actions around three main missions: medical assistance, psychological support and preventive education.

Samusocial Peru was our first beneficiary as our first fundraising campaign was dedicated to their activity: we bought their second ambulance in 2006.

In 2007 we financed all the operating costs of the ambulance, we also started a program to help fight against Tuberculosis in Huaycan. In August, when an earthquake hit Peru, we raised USD 10,000 in a few days and we used them to help Samusocial Peru to organize immediate relief with Pompiers Sans Frontieres. Finally, in December, we financed the construction of a new building for the Huaycan High school, "Colegio Gustavo Mohme".

In 2008, we continued our commitment in the fight against Tuberculosis, we financed the operating costs of the two ambulances, and financed the construction of a second building for the Huaycan High School.

Our support continued year after year. In 2013 our grant allowed Samusocial to replicate its model into a new place: Santa Rosa, a Pueblo Joven north of Lima.



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