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Helping the women of the Andes

In the world there are still 774 million illiterate adults, 493 million of whom are women without access to basic rights. Many of them live along the Andes. Among the initiatives promoted for the human development of the Andean communities, in the certainty that the inability to read and write leads to conditions of isolation and marginalization, the Escuela Campesina de Educación y Salud has since 1989 organized activities aimed at improving the living conditions of the farmers on the region of Piura, Peru .

Concretely, in the province of Ayabaca ( one of the eight provinces of Piura), with the support of the Catholic NGO Manos Unidas, a programme is being conducted to promote the integral development of the rural population, which involves, in particular, women and children. At present there are seven hundred and eighty families who benefit from it, all with an income of less than forty euros per month. The programme aims to improve food and health conditions, protect the environment by using sustainable agro-ecological practices, strengthen democracy and gender equality, enhance the culture and local traditions. The various workshops (as Fides reports) involved in literacy and training for access to civil rights, are directed particularly to women. The hope is, in fact, to give them the tools to take on leadership roles on everyday practical matters, such as the management of food and water .




St. Peter’s Square

Jan. 19, 2020