Asociación ONG Añañau is a nonprofit and non-governmental organization that was founded in December 2014 in Cusco, Peru. It works with children and adolescents between 4 and 18 years old, who live in extreme poverty and unstable family situations in the district of San Jeronimo, a suburb of Cusco. Since January 2015 the organization is recognized as an official NGO in Peru.
Añañau (pronounced a∙nja∙njau) is an expression in Quechua, the ancient language spoken in the Andes mountains next to Spanish, which mothers use to say 'how beautiful' or 'how sweet' their child is, a tenderness from the mother's heart.
What is our goal in the long run?
Peru is a country of big differences. The entire economy is growing, but at the same time the poverty and the inequality increase. In Peru the large half of the population lives in poverty. One in five persons in extreme poverty. A lot of infants, children and youths in Peru also still don't have access to proper education. Too often children and youths from deprived families and ethnic minorities are lost out of sight by the governments. This is what Añañau wants to change, in order that they also receive the same opportunities as others!
Because we believe in the power of good education as a diving board for a better future, Añañau is primarily an educational project.
Through guidance during the homework and learning while playing, we stimulate the development of the children and we try to create new opportunities. We motivate children to develop their talents and offer help where they face difficulties. Through helping the children believe in their own possibilities and abilities we want to guide them to a better future and an independent life.
Therefore Añañau offers assistance on 3 areas:
"Education, Health and the overall Social-cultural Development."
Working together with the parents and the community is very important to us as well. Through workshops, a literacy program for adults and other educational activities we attempt to extend their involvement and participation and we work around empowerment.