Project Description


Seeing a child and their family turn the corner and become a family after months of therapy and support to help them learn to love their children, to see them actually accepting and loving them. It’s a special thing.
Suzy Butler, Founder of Kiya Survivors

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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.

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Project Manager, Hedu, and Physiotherapist, Claudia, delivering life boxes to our families

Project Manager, Hedu, and Physiotherapist, Claudia, delivering life boxes to our families


The Mama Cocha Team is headed by our Project Director, who oversees the Centre and all the services on offer here, and has been working with Kiya ever since the very beginning of Mama Cocha.

We currently employ a Physiotherapist, our first member of the brand new team in our Mancora location new to 2019! All those involved with running Mama Cocha are local professionals who are working unbelievably hard and making a huge difference to young peoples lives in one of the poorest regions of Peru.


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