With support from the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, YouthBuild International began a consultation and assessment process in 2011 to adapt the YouthBuild model for local application in Belén, a community situated in the Amazon city of Iquitos, the largest city in the world without inaccessible by road. Many residents of Belen live along the banks of the Itaya River and are confronted with a complex set of circumstances, including lack of potable water, electricity and limited recreational opportunities for youth. These circumstances are further exacerbated by the fact that the Itaya River basin floods six-months out of the year, forcing local schools to shut down.
After a series of meetings with key stakeholders in the region composed of young people, community leaders, government leader along with NGO, and private-sector leaders, YBI has partnered with Instituto de Formación para Adolescentes y Niños Trabajadores (INFANT) to pilot the Jóvenes al Desarrollo Comunitario (JDC) program. The JDC pilot program prepared fifty one young people from five different communities along the along the Itaya River to transform their communities and build viable livelihoods for themselves and their families. Over the course of eighteen months, young people enrolled in a program were provided equal measures of technical skills training, savings groups, entrepreneurship training, and job readiness skills. During this timeframe young people participated in the construction of a 5,000 gallon rainwater collection system providing a potable water to the community of 8 de Diciembre.
For more information about our partner - Instituto de Formación para Adolescentes y Niños Trabajadores (INFANT):
INFANT - Website