Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Recently I returned from visiting Padre Miguel at Coprodeli, in Callao. I feel compelled to write and tell you some of my observations and experiences. I spent almost five weeks with the Coprodeli people, this being my eighth visit to Peru.
|Coprodeli San Martin School and Outreach Center, in Pachacutec, Peru|
|Outreach Center in Los Barracones, Peru|
|Padre Miguel and Judy McDonald on a boat in the Peruvian Jungle|
|Maria Teresa Fernandez, Padre Miguel, and Judy McDonald in the Peruvian Jungle|
|Judy McDonald in Coprodeli office in Callao, Peru|
Friday, June 13, 2014
The Junior Achievement Program, or “La Compañia” as it’s known in Peru, allows high school students to embark on business endeavors and get first-hand experience in what it is like running a business. During the program, students build and execute micro-companies - from business plan to production to liquidation - learning a range of skills such as planning, operations, marketing, management, and strategic analysis. The goal is to have the students contribute to and engage their communities.
The team from Coprodeli’s San Martin School in Pachacutec wanted to capitalize on a culturally important, artistic market opportunity: Marginalized Peruvian communities highly value traditional paintings, but originals and framing are often out of their price range. The students collaborated with a local artist and bought printings of his original canvas paintings and then built their own wooden frames to mount the paintings on.
The team splits up and sells these pieces throughout various markets in Pachacutec and Lima as well as other events such as at school celebrations or in their communities.
The goal of this year’s class was to sell enough paintings to fund a group graduation trip to Cusco - an opportunity inaccessible to the majority of marginalized community members. They sold each mounted painting for 10 Soles (approximately $4) but only profited half of that due to cost of materials for the frames. They calculated that they would need to sell 800 paintings a person in order to make their dream come true. We wish them all the best of luck as they continue working hard to reach their goal!
Check out photos of the Micolem team and their products!
Monday, May 5, 2014
Coprodeli USA Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary - Today!
On when & why Coprodeli USA was founded
Coprodeli USA was established as a nonprofit organization on May 5, 1999 by Thomas McDonald after he spent five months working with children in Callao, Peru. He was inspired by Padre Miguel's passion for working toward a more just Peru so he started the USA branch of the organization to provide additional support to the extensive Peru programs.
On how we've evolved over the years
Originating in Chicago, Coprodeli USA began as a group of dedicated volunteers - friends of Thomas - that were passionate about our mission. The passion never subsided as we evolved to become more strategic.
Over time, Coprodeli USA grew from dedicated volunteers, to an organized board, to various full time staff members and a robust intern program. We grew our programs and support from receiving in-kind donations and financial support, to holding many events and volunteer trips, to child sponsorships and building strategic partnerships. Over time, we grew to have Coprodeli hotspots in Chicago, DC, and we now have supporters, staff, and long-term volunteers in both the U.S. and Peru! We are continually working to expand the Coprodeli network and reach out to more people and organizations interested in our mission.
On Coprodeli USA's successes & our incredible support network
Coprodeli USA's success in contributing to the sustainable development of many Peruvian communities in the past 15 years is undeniable - we have secured various financial donors, humanitarian aid collaborators, and wonderful volunteers that have led to a range of strategic projects, programs, and initiatives throughout the years.
We'd like to thank all of our dedicated supporters, both old and new alike, for your incredible dedication, shared passion, and understanding in the importance of enabling holistic and sustainable programs and services in Peru that improve the lives of those in impoverished communities. It is because of your support that Coprodeli USA has been able to provide such strategic and rich support for Coprodeli Peru's programs throughout the past 15 years, and we hope we can continue to build on our past successes to provide even greater, more strategic support moving forward.
Our favorite? An eye-opening memory of a trip to Peru in 2005. Marty was organizing the first intern class in Peru when she decided to make a t-shirt quilt for Padre Miguel and Coprodeli. While in the process of collecting shirts with various Coprodeli designs and logos, Marty came across a man in Pachacutec with a Coprodeli shirt that they had not seen before.
"I told him about the shirt collection for the quilt and he immediately took the shirt off and gave it to me. I was so touched by the fact that someone living in a shantytown with so few resources was such a great admirer of Padre Miguel that he would literally give the shirt off his back to show his appreciation."
Another favorite memory is from the summer of 2004 when a group of Coprodeli supporters from South America, North America and Europe all got together to walk 150 kilometers as part of Spain's Camino de Santiago. They trekked through various terrain and climates but learned a great deal from the journey by sharing it with pilgrims from all over the world. The group was able to raise $80,000 in Coprodeli's name through donations based on the number of miles they walked.
Thank you, Marty, for sharing your wonderful memories with us!"Padre Miguel taught us a great deal about the history of the old pilgrimage tradition which involved prayer, suffering and almsgiving. We prayed together at a 600 year old Benedictine monastery where we spent one night with the monks who prayed throughout the day and night."
Friday, April 25, 2014
Altar'd State is a quickly-growing American women’s fashion retailer that is motivated by social causes and is dedicated to giving back to others. CEO, Chairman and Founder of Altar’d State, Aaron Walters, was serendipitously connected with Coprodeli through a common partnership with TOMS. He embarked on a one-week Giving Trip to Peru in August 2013 where he spent the week traveling to different Coprodeli sites and visiting our various programs on-the-ground.
Aaron was soon inspired and sold on the Coprodeli model for sustainable social change. He felt particularly impacted by the Cañete Social Center which at the time only consisted of an elementary school. The community members he interacted with were working hard to get ahead in life but were limited because of their resources and the very nature of living in extreme poverty. Before leaving the site, Aaron reassured the community that everything would work out in the end. Little did they know, he was speaking of the completion of the community’s Coprodeli Social Center.
Before this addition, Coprodeli in Cañete only had an elementary school, meaning that older children would have to change schools to a distanced public high school or begin working at 13 years old. As a result of this project, children in Cañete will now have the opportunity to continue their studies, receive a high-quality education and graduate from a Coprodeli high school. Coprodeli has broken ground on the construction project this week, with plans to complete the Cañete Social Center by December 2015.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
|Pablo Huacho, Roxana Cancino, Carmen Suarez (Dir. San Francisco Solano), Marivel Sandoval (Dir. Agustin de Hipona) and Padre Miguel Ranera|
|San Agustin de Hipona School with Double Merit Award for First in Mathematics and Reading Comprehension!|
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Coprodeli is working promote local development and social equality, strengthening participation of local communities of Bellavista Province, San Martin Region, Peru. The intervention will promote peace and prevent social conflict through activities that provide opportunity for populations to cover basic and agricultural needs and manage social conflict. Check out Coprodeli in the jungle of San Martin!
Components of the Intervention Include:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Living in Central America on and off has exposed me to the challenges developing countries face and helped open my eyes to the need that exists. At Coprodeli I have been able to utilize my firsthand knowledge of developing Latin American countries and apply it to the grant writing I do here. I have learned a lot about the process of grant writing as well as the dire condition of the poor and marginalized in Peru. The urban marginalized face unique challenges in terms of breaking the cycle of poverty and Coprodeli does a great job at addressing them. Through writing grants and reviewing organization materials I have learned about the innovative strategies Coprodeli employs in its fight to end poverty. I have also been able to learn more about specific international development issues aligned with my personal interests, such as economic and microbusiness development.
Working with such dedicated staff and interns has been a fantastic experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to meet such passionate people. This internship has helped me learn a lot about international development, poverty issues and non-profit work and will definitely contribute both to my academic and professional future.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Join us for Citizen Effect’s Holiday Harvest!
We want to share the good news and let you know that we are part of “Citizen Effect’s Holiday Harvest” this season!
· Go to http://citizeneffect.org/holidayharvest to check out the projects and make a contribution to feed families in our community.
· Visit the website to get personalized holiday cards for friends and loved ones. A portion of your purchase will benefit our project!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
My name is Jodi Chan and I’m currently an intern for COPRODELI at the VA/DC office. I’m a first year graduate student in the International Development Studies Program at The Elliott School. I’m originally from the Bay Area in California and just moved to the DC area in August 2010.
My experience as an intern at COPRODELI has been extremely valuable and enjoyable. In addition to learning about the processes of implementing projects and grantwriting, the best part about the internship is working with other individuals who are passionate about what they do and making a difference in people’s lives. At COPRODELI I was able to learn a lot about development work in Peru and at the same time have a lot of fun working with other interns and staff who are very dedicated to helping communities living in poverty. Forming friendships and having a real impact on people’s lives are two aspects that I have found extremely rewarding. Furthermore, I was able to work on projects that focused on issues that I am particularly interested in, such as at-risk children and youth. As an international development studies major, I learned many new skills that I’m sure I will utilize later on in my career. Additionally, my experience at COPRODELI has contributed to my coursework at school because I am able to bring additional insights to discussions about international development.
I also really enjoyed attending COPRODELI events. On one occasion, I attended a photo gallery exhibit at the Embassy of Peru showcasing the work of photographer Christopher Kleihege. That event was a lot of fun and I plan to attend more COPRODELI events in the future!
Friday, November 19, 2010
My experience at Coprodeli USA has been nothing like I would have expected it to be. Honestly I didn’t know much about what to expect when I applied for this internship. I figured it would be a lot like my past experiences with non profit work – I would be the only one in the office having any idea of what the actual work in my job description entailed.
I was mistaken, however. And gratefully so.
From the day I stepped into the office I was put to work. The work involved some papers, but I definitely wasn’t just pushing them. I was immediately given the Events Manual and flash drive to get myself better acquainted with the position and transfer all past work to my laptop. I was definitely a little overwhelmed at first but was glad to know I would be doing actual work while being able to apply many of the things I had been learning in class.
The more time I spent at Coprodeli the more I realized how happy I was to have this experience. Not only was I learning new things everyday, but I was working for an awesome organization. I got to see how much Coprodeli actually does for the communities they serve in Peru. The things the organization claimed to stand for were an everyday part of life in the office. Everything I, and the people around me, were doing had measurable results and the potential benefits to the organization could be seen. I was even more amazed to see the amount of work being accomplished with the very limited resources we were provided with.
My time at Coprodeli has definitely been more than 'résumé-building'. When I step into the office I feel as though I’m among friends… not just supervisors and fellow interns. Everything from the organization’s openness to new ideas – yes, even from interns – down to the time when the President of our Board of Directors met us for dinner just to stay in touch and get to know the new interns a little better.
I can only hope that when I start my actual career next Fall the organization will be something similar to Coprodeli. My number one goal in life has always been to make a difference in some way but thought that was only a reality for the very lucky… or very rich. Coprodeli has showed me that my goal is within reach. If I play my cards right I may even be able to start an organization that helps me reach it, always remembering my experience at Coprodeli.
Monday, November 8, 2010
- Thursday, December 2nd, 6 - 9pm, at Simone's Bar, 960 West 18th Street in Pilsen. Join us for appetizers and craft beer, but more importantly: support the local artists that support Coprodeli. 5 artists will showcase and sell unique items (GREAT GIFT IDEAS), proceeds will benefit Coprodeli. More details coming soon.
- Friday, December 3rd - Holiday Stroll in Riverside. This is a town-wide event with many businesses participating with special festive activities (open houses, popcorn, face painting, cookies, hot chocolate). Santa visits the town center to kick off the event on a fire truck, and there is the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Coprodeli will have available Peruvian crafts and jewelry (GREAT GIFT IDEAS!) alongside other sustainable vendors at 39 E. Quincy Street. See you there!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
If there is a recipe for a great evening, Coprodeli seems to have struck on it. The secret ingredient? One great cause.
Celebración de Coprodeli, the 10th annual, is not the typical fare for a college student like myself. Walking up to the Blackstone Hotel, I really didn't know what to expect. Having worked on the Celebración event all summer as an intern for Coprodeli, I was both excited and nervous to see the final product. What had I forgotten to do? What if that great idea had turned out horrible in practice? What does one even wear to a gala?
Of course, in true Coprodeli fashion, everyone was welcoming, energetic and excited from the moment I walked in the door. That same energy that sustains the organization was truly evident that night, and as the first guests came in the door at 6pm, all the details that I had been stressing about turned out not to matter at all. People were here to have fun, spend some time with other philanthropically-minded people, and support the amazing cause of Coprodeli education programs. In the midst of that overwhelming spirit, it couldn't have mattered if a table tent or two was missing, or a display was misplaced. (Happily, all the details came off smoothly!) But I think there was a bigger lesson involved in this event. It's easy to wrap oneself up in the minutiae of a project, at the expense of the bigger picture. Celebración, in its actualization, allowed me to see with clarity the greater goal at hand - through the Padrinos and the Mission Drive - of helping secure a brighter future for Peru.
The layout of the program or the font of a brochure no longer mattered. What mattered was the spirit of altruism, in no place more evident than in Padre Ranera's speech on Coprodeli successes in education. The heartwarming sincerity of the speech meant for me that motivation and inspiration far and away outstripped worries over caterers and A/V equipment. It was, to say the least, a pleasant revelation.
The spirit at the event was infectious. Even I, fresh from 3 months of learning the ins and outs of Coprodeli, was reminded of our true purpose. I know that I - and I think I speak for everyone else at Celebración, supporters new and old - felt connected more closely to Coprodeli as an organization, and to Coprodeli as a dream, a goal, a success, and an inspiration.
Thanks, Coprodeli, for an inspiring summer! See you in Peru sometime!
-Erin Britton, Summer Intern 2010