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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

CAFA - Looking for your support to Peru

CAFA [Canadian Friends of ANIQUEM] is a registered Canadian charity that supports the rehabilitation of burned children in Peru. CAFA works directly with the Lima based burn clinic ANIQUEM [Asociación de Ayuda al Niño Quemado].

 

 

CAFA [Canadian Friends of ANIQUEM] is a registered Canadian charity that supports the rehabilitation of burned children in Peru. CAFA works directly with the Lima based burn clinic ANIQUEM [Asociación de Ayuda al Niño Quemado] or the Association for Helping the Burned Child. ANIQUEM also operates as a charitable organization.

CAFA was incorporated in November 2006. Our commitment is to principally provide 3 programs that ANIQUEM cannot otherwise provide. The work of CAFA is currently directed by a Board of 7 volunteers, 4 of whom are Peruvian Canadians.

The ANIQUEM clinic was established to provide free comprehensive rehabilitation on an out-patient basis to badly burned children under the age of 18, and now also sees adult patients.. The staff are all Peruvian and include doctors, psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, makers of pressure garments and office staff. CAFA funds the social worker who also administers the CAFA programs. CAFA programs are restricted to patients living in poverty.

Our 3 core programs are:

Transportation:  CAFA pays travel costs for about 30 – 40 patient (and care giver) visits per month children and their caregivers to travel to the clinic from all over Peru. Without this support many of these patients could simply not afford to get to the clinic.

Camps:  In conjunction with ANIQUEM staff, CAFA operates and funds 1 camp a year [typically in the February school break].  The 3 day camp allows 40 to 50 children the opportunity to play and make friends among other burn survivors. Importantly the camps provide the opportunity for aiding in recovery from the psycho-social scarring that results from their injuries. This year we hope to have a camp for fully vaccinated youth in order to help at least some kids recover from recent trauma due to the pandemic.

Scholarships:  In 2012 CAFA identified a key need to help keep kids in school. This program provides bursaries and grants to help CAFA patients continue their education.  Despite COVID we have maintained the program during 2020/2021. We are currently supporting 5 students in college and university programs. We also provide about 30 young burn victims in public school with school supplies every year. Over the years we have seen 15 young people graduate and move to meaningful employment.

We would very much welcome the support of PCCC member companies through donations, sponsorships or specific program support. CAFA provides donation tax receipts. Please view our website at www.friendsofaniquem.org or contact us at cafa@friendsofaniquem.org