Umbrella Initiatives was started by Yenny and Rob as a response to educational inequality they saw both in Peru and US. Primarily, through bringing together community partners together around targeted projects they believed that everyone could help to make a positive difference in empowering children to achieve academically.
In Peru, the primary work is through the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project aims to give a better start for children living in poverty through providing a backpack, supplies, and one week of scholastic reinforcement for children in need. Umbrella works with local churches and community organizations providing the materials and supplies in addition to a general plan of action for the groups to use. The community groups work with local schools in their area and sign agreements to use the school’s classrooms for the week of classes.
Through your support we are planning to expand the project from reaching 10 00 children in 2013 to hopefully reaching 2,000 children for 2015. However, to make this possible we need your support to reach those in needs. Specifically through your support of $25.00 we can provide one backpack and supplies for one child and cover related cost such as programmatic work and refreshments during the week of class. For more information visit: http://www.umbrellainitiatives.org/?page_id=63
In the United States, the primary work is through Bilingual Voices. Bilingual Voices is a project whose goal is for encouraging Bilingual abilities through creating Volunteer Opportunities Involving Communities in Education and Social Services for Paz (Peace). This project is focused in Montgomery County, Maryland. The project works through providing mutual support groups for parents and then summer camps for their children with a focus on promoting self-esteem, academic achievement, and speaking in Spanish. For more information visit http://www.umbrellainitiatives.org/?page_id=470