What is the Hogar Hermelinda?
Hogar Hermelinda offers housing and support to six young women from the surrounding rural areas of San Martin. Participants must have specific post-secondary educational goals and be at least 18 years of age.
The need for this project became evident as we watched young women age out of the Aldea orphanage. There is a high level of poverty in this area of Peru, especially in the small, rural villages. Young women who want to continue studies after secondary school, but have no support system, are critically disadvantaged. Many become young parents who then struggle to support their own children. Without access to job and educational opportunities, the cycle of poverty continues.
In the Spring of 2022, a house for the Hogar Hermelinda home was secured and, thanks to donations, extensive changes were completed to prepare for the first program participants.
POP has assembled a staff of dedicated professionals with many years of experience to begin the Hogar Hermelinda project. We are extremely pleased that Tedy Arevalo Rojas has joined our team as Director of the Hogar Hermelinda. He began his career as the principal of a rural school in Sauce and then moved to become the assistant principal of the “Virgen Doloroso” Primary School in Tarapoto. In 1995, Dr. Avévalo became the principal of the Jose Antonio Ramirez Arevalo school. He was invited by the Regional Government of San Martin to be the Director of the Aldea Infantil Virgen del Pilar for 2 terms or 10 years. In 2015 Dr Arévalo returned to be the principal of the Jose Antonio Ramirez Arevalo school. He holds a bachelor's degree in Education from the Normal College of Tarapoto, Peru. He also holds a masters degree in Educational Administration and a Doctorate in Education.
We are also fortunate that, with Dr. Arévalo’s skills ,we can count on the collaboration of his talented wife, Dr. Liliana Carranza Trigozo. She started her career in education as a principal in the Las Palmas District. From 1990 -2009, Dr. Trigozo taught in a primary classroom in the “Virgen Doloroso” Primary School and in 2010 Dr. Trigozo became the assistant principal in the same school. She worked tirelessly with her husband while he was the director of the Aldea Infantil Virgen del Pilar to support the children and staff with dedication and love. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education from the Normal College of Tarapoto, Peru. She also holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration and a Doctorate in Education. We are extremely pleased that she has joined our team in Tarapoto.
Five of the 6 participants in the Hogar Hermelinda Program began their 3 year nursing program Monday, July 11, 2022.