Founded in April 2012, Oye LENA is an educational project located in Curahuasi, Peru in the Andes mountain range. Oye LENA is short for “Oye Loquitas EN Acción!” which freely translated means: “Listen up, we are taking action!”
Oye LENA supports 35 children from ages 3 through 24 years old and tries to tackle poverty and social inequality through quality education. Every child has the right to a quality education, focused on personality development, regardless of their own capabilities and limitations and regardless of the place and culture in which they grow up.
Oye LENA consists of four educational projects, including afterschool education for toddlers, education for children with or without a disability, a partnership with the local population to work towards better education, and project to create world citizens out of volunteers.
Acrylic Paints, Buttons, Chenille Cord, Colored Feathers, Craft Glue, Felt Leaves, Foam Rubber, Glue Sticks, Plasticine, *Play Dough, Sidewalk Chalk, *Superglue, Textile Paint, and Window Paint
Soccer Balls and Toys for Swimming and Diving
*A3 Laminate Pouches and *A4 Laminate Pouches
*Hair Gel and *Shaving foam
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.