FOUNDERS/DIRECTOR: Raquel Garcia Matias and Sergio Antonio Velásquez Calvo
THE NUMBERS: Over 200 minors, including young mothers and children have been
cared for by Casa Mantay
REGISTRATION: Registered in the Peruvian Ministry of Women & Social Dev, code Nr 422.
United States 501c3 fiduciary of Here is Why Projects
Casa Mantay nurtures the health of young women and their children who have escaped abuse and neglect.
Every woman at Casa Mantay is unique. Their personal development is encouraged by embracing values such as family, self-esteem and cultural identity. Mothers live and heal together in a healthy, enjoyable living environment that teaches social, educational, psychological and career skills.
Casa Mantay is the result of the efforts of four young volunteers – Sergio, Raquel, Lola and Maite – working at a home for abandoned children in Peru in the early 2000’s. Many of the children at the home had been given up during their first month of life.
While volunteering, the group observed that the mothers of these children were frequently teenagers who had suffered various forms of violence, including sexual abuse, and were rejected by society and sometimes their own families. Without support or income, they saw no other options than to give away their children to an institution.
and degredation towards females have bred physical and psychological abuse, alcoholism and fatherly negligence. By the time many of Casa Mantay’s girls, ages 12-16, realize they are pregnant, they have already experienced many traumas.
Girls arrive at Casa Mantay through State and private institutions like Cusco’s Family Courts, Mixed Courts, Children and Adolescents’ Defense Councils, the Women’s Emergency Center of MIMDES, Family Commissariat and Cusco’s Regional Hospital.
In some cases, Mantay also works in coordination with social workers of Family Courts to find solutions to the existing problems between girls and their relatives and legal support for cases of sexual abuse.
The group realized that there were no options – public or private – to help these young mothers in distress. Collectively, they started Casa Mantay where these mothers would receive the utmost support to enjoy their maternity and adolescence and to secure and regain hope for the future
Today, many of the mothers at Casa Mantay come from rural areas and harmful environments.
In these rural farming communities of Peru, there is minimum government involvement and a general state of isolation compounded by a lack of telephone services and transportation options.
Often, houses lack electricity and many family members live crowded in a single room. These conditions, coupled with a societal attitude of indifference