Echando una mano para lograr nuestras metas
Donations made to PASEO Salud Mental allow us to provide free capacity building to communities in Peru; this includes training teachers, nurses, lawyers, social workers, and psychologists in techniques to meet the mental health needs of their clients. It also includes providing assessments for children with disabilities who are not able to access services because of a lack of trained professionals in the area who can provide them with appropriate documentation of their disability. Sometimes we also seek funding for special projects or campaigns. PASEO Salud Mental is a public charity, IRC Section 501(c)(3), and donations made are tax-deductible under IRC Section 170.
Special campaign: Donate to help 350 school children in El Porvenir access school supplies and uniforms, without which they cannot attend school.
Since 2009, the director of PASEO has been working with children and families in a number of marginalized communities on the outskirts of Trujillo, including three years spent as the staff psychologist for an educational NGO in El Porvenir in 2010-2011 and again in 2014-2016. This NGO provided uniforms, school supplies, educational assistance, and holistic support to more than 100 families and 350 children. In January of 2019, the NGO closed suddenly and without warning, leaving these families without the support- both financial and educational- that they have counted on since 2005. Many of these families will not be able to send all of their children to school if they do not receive assistance in buying the government-mandated school uniforms and school supplies. PASEO will continue to work with mothers and children in this community by providing psychosocial support groups to mothers, providing opportunities for work within the program, and creating a group for children with disabilities who do not receive significant support from the public education system. However, we need your help now to close the gap left by the departure of the NGO. The families are banding together to figure out how to budget for these expenses next year, and to decide what community- and community support- means to them, so that they can best advocate for their needs and fight for their rights. In the meantime, please help us alleviate the burden placed on them by donating what you can to provide their children with school supplies and uniforms. $15 is enough to make sure one child can make it to school in the 2019 school year- and every little bit helps. We are working with local psychologists and community organizations to ensure that every dollar donated goes directly to these families.
Donate to capacity building projects
Every year, the PASEO team provides more than 100 hours of pro bono capacity building to our partner sites as well as to organizations in Peru and Guatemala that cannot access mental health services or mental health training. For example, in 2018 we provided training in psychological first aid to lawyers, social workers, and psychologists who work in areas marked by community and familial violence. We also provided training on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma to staff working in a domestic violence center in Peru, and training for residential staff at a center for girls affected by sexual and physical violence in methods of trauma-informed residential care. We trained teachers working in some of the most under-resourced regions in Peru in how to identify and respond to common mental health concerns in teenagers, given that there are no mental health professionals in this region to assist with this. Finally, we conducted an intensive 10-month training for community-based psychologists in methods for treating interpersonal and complex trauma. It is a privilege to be able to go into these communities and provide this support, and it remains an important part of the PASEO mission. Donating to this campaign helps us purchase the materials necessary for trainings and get to remote communities in order to provide these services, as well as hire local professionals to provide assistance in making sure the trainings are culturally, contextually, and linguistically appropriate. None of the money donated here goes to PASEO staff salaries, but rather directly to the capacity building projects.
Donate to fund student scholarships
The cost of PASEO, while necessary to run the program and pay our teachers, community partners, and homestay families a fair and decent wage, can be prohibitive to certain students, keeping them from attaining the training needed to provide high quality mental health services in Spanish. Starting in 2019, we want to offer one full scholarship per year for the 8-week program ($3,500). Help us reach our goal by donating here.