Project Story: Peru Iquitos

Iquitos is the capital of the Peruvian Amazon—surrounded by rainforest, this large city is unreachable by road, which makes resources hard to come by. In the poorest areas, nearly 40 percent of children don’t attend preparatory school. The poverty rate in Iquitos remains above the national average, and the first step in breaking out of this cycle is education, starting with children.

This summer, HumanitarianXP Builders will be constructing classrooms for a preschool. The conditions of the current classrooms are very poor: lacking stable walls and space for larger groups of children to gather and learn. The students that attend this preschool come from limited-resource families with parents that don’t have steady jobs. These new classrooms will help the children jumpstart their education and be a safe, stable environment for them to spend their early years. 

The construction of these new classrooms will allow children from low-income families to prepare for primary school in a way that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Early access to learning and the school system helps bridge the gap between limited opportunity and the change made possible by quality education. The classrooms constructed by HumanitarianXP Builders will provide an environment of learning and hope that will impact generations to come.