Happy Hearts Fund and AFP Integra Renew Commitment to Education in Peru

Aug 29, 2011, 06:00 ET from Happy Hearts Fund

LIMA, Peru, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Happy Hearts Fund (HHF) and AFP Integra celebrated their Joint Venture today, which has resulted in the reconstruction and implementation of six schools in Chincha, Ica and Lima, equipped with state-of-the-art computer labs and libraries. The program has also provided training and coaching sessions to over 200 teachers and 3,000 parents.

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Ofelia Rodiguez Larrain, the Manager of Institutional Affairs of AFP Integra, explained that in 2008, HHF and AFP Integra signed a cooperation agreement with the goal of helping  communities affected by the earthquake, specifically in education, through the "Sustainable Schools" Program.

"Sustainable Schools" is a program aimed at enhancing the quality of the lives of thousands of students that belong to communities in a vulnerable state, through the improvement of the infrastructure of the schools, implementation and training in the computer labs and libraries, and the creation of a business that will contribute to the financial sustainability of each school.

"We believe that each child, regardless of where they live, deserves a safe and happy life. This is possible only with the support of people with loving hearts, like those of AFP Integra. I am honored by the trust and support you have given me and to Happy Hearts Fund"
-Petra Nemcova, Founder and Chairwoman, Happy Hearts Fund.

"The presence of Happy Hearts Fund in Latin America began in 2008 here in Peru. On our initial trip we met Bernhard Lotterer and we are proud to grow his vision with the opening of these two schools."
-Phil Caputo, Executive Director, Happy Hearts Fund.

"We are focused on the next generations, because we firmly believe that by improving the education quality in children, they will become agents for positive change in their own lives and environment. In this goal, we consider that the participation of the private sector as very important to promote this development"
-Jorge Ramos Raygada, CEO, AFP Integra.

Representatives of AFP Integra and HHF announced that they travelled to Ica where they inaugurated the school named "Maria Auxiliadora," that will benefit 71 students from the rural town Los Calderones, which was severely affected by the earthquake. An official inauguration also took place at the school named "Francisco Perez Anampa," in the Tate district, which has actually been serving 140 students since March. In both cases, the schools have all the basic educational services. The schools are also equipped with libraries and computer labs. Both schools also include training programs for parents and students.

The schools rebuilt and implemented to date are: I.E. 7054, in Villa Maria del Triunfo (Lima); I.E. Petra Nemcova and Bernhard Lotterer, (Chincha); I.E. Santa Rosa de los Molinos, Francisco Perez Anampa and Maria Auxiliadora, (Ica).

AFP Integra and HHF announced the next commitment to the "Sustainable Schools" Program in Vila Los Angeles de Chincha, there is a school named Divino Nino Jesus, which has functioned in a module improvised by the community since the earthquake. It currently serves 340 students.  

AFP Integra and HHF have decided to adopt the school, which construction will begin in September of this year in a new lot donated by the Municipality of Ica. Each new school will have 11 classrooms, a computer lab and recreational areas.  

In July of this year, HHF and AFP Integra received special recognition from the Education ministry for their support of education over the past 3 years.

For information on Happy Hearts Fund, go to www.happyheartsfund.org.

SOURCE Happy Hearts Fund