The original Mama Cocha centre was based in Los Organos, Piura, in Northern Peru, and was built and opened in 2008 with the help of Copenhagen International School (CIS). It was originally a home for children with special needs living in vulnerable situations, but changed direction after its service users were successfully re-integrated back into their family homes, in 2015.
Now, the Centre has a brand new location in a far more sustainable and safer site in Mancora town, away from the dangerous shanty towns of Los Organos and the flash flooding zone that put the centre, its service users and staff at risk each rainy season.
Mama Cocha now runs as a support project for young people with learning difficulties, disabilities and from high risk environments who are in need of physical therapy services and somewhere safe to come in the afternoons whilst their parents work, and to encourage them to begin the all-important steps towards greater independence, integrating into their community and families by learning basic life skills, as well as doing plenty of fun activities!
Mama Cocha also runs parent workshops and runs an outreach programme visiting families unable to attend, in their homes.
Mama Cocha also has a partnership with a local hotel, where its therapy patients can come to use the hotel swimming pool for our hydrotherapy sessions run by Mama Cocha’s Physiotherapist.