Project Location: Cañete, Peru
Project Type: Community Improvement
Project Code: PCA1018

Background: The Cañete Sponsor Site has been under the management of the Sisters of Santa Ana since 2008.

Chalice Community Projects - Repair of Santa Ana Formation House, PeruThe current site director is Sister Blanca Ruiz. The sponsor site works both with sponsored children and sponsored elderly in the city of Cañete, Peru. The mission of the site is to help the poor cover their basic needs in nutrition, education, health, hygiene, decent housing, and work. Using Christian values, the site strives to empower people to seek their own resources so as to independently develop and support their families. The site also offers lunch for children and seniors in the soup kitchen supported by Chalice Children Nutrition. The Sisters also run a separate home for orphaned young girls, all of whom are sponsored by Chalice.

The Santa Ana Formation House, run by the Sisters, incudes the Chalice sponsor site offices. In addition to serving the purposes of the congregation, the Sisters use these facilities to welcome children, youth groups, seniors, and Chalice family circles to participate in different Chalice programs. They also use the facility to serve the wider community.

The facility is over 28 years old, but is located in one of the highest risk areas for earthquakes. It suffered significant damage during the devastating earthquake off the coast of Peru in 2007 - one of the worst in recent history (8.0 magnitude), leaving more than 500 people dead. Unfortunately, the congregation could not access government progams for repair and rebuilding since priority was given to those who lost everything during the earthquake. Following that earthquake, and during the ensuing years, the congregation has had to use its limited resources to maintain the structure of the formation house. The Sisters recently requested a local engineering firm complete a technical assessment of the facility. The follow-up report has identified some serious structural concerns with the facility, requiring immediate attention so as to have it remain safe for its residents and those who regularly come to these facilities.

Project Objectives: The report identified some serioius structural issues with the perimeter fence, floor, and columns supporting parts of the facility. This project involves the reconstruction of the perimeter fence (necessary for security), floor and columns of the Santa Ana's Formation House. The reconstruction will provide a safe and secure facility for the Sisters to carry out their activities, including support activities for 542 of our sponsored children and 100 sponsored elders. The cost of the work will be $151,653 and the Sisters of Santa Ana have come to Chalice for help, as they do not have the resources to pay for the project.

Budget in Canadian Funds: $151,653.

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Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other Community Projects that may arise.
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