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Fidelus Coraza Morveli grew up in a humble home in the foothills of Cusco, Peru. To help her family make ends meet she began work at age 13. As a young woman studying, she battled the sterotype that girls belonged at home and not in the classroom. Despite significant challenges, she graduated from college. Through it all, Fidelus has always been driven to help others.
The Drive to Help - A Peruvian historian who has run a successful tour agency since 2014, Fidelus has always used her own earnings to help others. “I see in them myself, and my own struggles,” she describes. From school supplies, clothing and holiday gatherings pre-pandemic, to spending much of her savings to feed her village during the Covid years, Fidelus most certainly leads with her heart. She has dreamed of starting a formal organization to help others, and now, that dream is coming true.
A Partnership is Born - In 2018, Local Hope Board Members made a trip to Peru in search of the right guide to provide a profoundly enriching “bucket-list” experience for participants in a Local Hope Explore Trip to that country. A chance meeting in a crosswalk followed by an exciting discussion of possibilities suggested that Fidelus was the person we sought. She spoke with enthusiasm and authority about her country and ancestors, the Inca. Her close ties with indigenouse Quechua communities and her understanding of community needs made it possible to incorporate a service element into a trip. Her knowledge bundled with her boundless enthusiasm resulted in several highly successful Explore trips, and the desire on Local Hope’s part to assist Fidelus.
Replicating Our Model - In 2023, while she pursued non-profit status in Peru, Local Hope brought Fidelus to Guatemala to train with our staff to learn the ropes of running a non-profit organization. We continue to provide training and administrative support for her project which aligns with Local Hope’s mission and is consistent with our vision of replicating our succesful model for sustainable community development. In late 2023, Peru Ancestral Hope received non-profit status in Peru.
We invite you to share in this journey.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We invite you to sponsor, or partner with someone to sponsor, one of the major expenses in Peru Ancestral Hope’s first set of projects. Benefitting from Local Hope’s decades of experience, Peru Ancestral Hope will pilot a Study Center featuring Montessori enrichment, a Literacy Program, and a Nutrition Program, all in the underserved village of Chinchero.
Note: We aim to raise a 3-year budget prior to initiating this project
|Salary for 2 Teachers
|Monthly Materials for up to 40 learners
|Rent for Classroom Space
|Space Renovation • One-Time Investment
|Transportation for Teachers 5 days weekly
|Nutritious snacks for children and weekly recipes for mothers
|Full Program Support
|Classroom furniture and initial, permanent lesson materials are being generously provided by Sherry Robin, Local Hope Board Member and Mentor to this new program.
Receive a Tax Deduction - You can support Peru Ancestral Hope and receive a tax deduction through our Local Hope Portal by selecting “Peru Ancestral Hope” on our Donation form. Please specify which need you would like to direct your gift to in “Description,” or write, “Use where needed most.”
We thank you ahead of time for helping to make Fidelus’ dream come true, and for sharing the journey of Peru Ancestral Hope as it grows!
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"Life has taught me that with a little support you can change lives. I have faith that there are good-hearted people who, like me, want to bring hope and opportunities to those most in need, because each person deserves a future full of possibilities.”
Fidelus Coraza Morveli