In Peru, most mothers carry their children on their backs in a wrapped blanket, limiting the child’s possibility to crawl and explore. Part of the reason is tradition, but also because many floors are made of dirt or cement, there is no safe clean place where children can explore and grow. These moms, with few positive parenting examples, need all the love, learning, exploring and playing possible to break the chains of poverty.
As we know, the early years of a child’s life are very important for later health and development. One of the main reasons is how fast the brain grows from birth and continuing into early childhood. Although the brain continues to develop and change into adulthood, the first 8 years can build a foundation for future learning, health and life success.
Therefore, a center “Playing & Learning Together” dedicated to meeting the needs of young families by providing an early childhood stimulation space for children between 1-4 yrs was opened. Nutritional meals for the children and training for the parents are provided and the emphasis is placed on the unconditional love of God.
Moms and their babies learn how to “play” together, and the importance of teaching their children bible stories at a young age. Our psychologist and specialist Claudia teaches the classes.