Samusocial Peru was created in Peru as a non-governmental
organization in March 2004 and started its operations in January 2005
in Huaycan, outside of Lima. It is affiliated with Samusocial International
and with Samusocial de Paris.
The Samusocial de Paris was created in 1993 by Doctor Xavier
Emmanuelli (Co-founder of Medecins sans Frontieres in 1971
and member of the French Government 1995-1997 under Prime Minister
Alain Juppe as Secretaire d'Etat a l'Action Humanitaire d'Urgence)
with the help of the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, to meet the
medical, psychological and social needs of the excluded from
society, to the extent that they do not know how to obtain the care
guaranteed under common law in France (hospitals, psychiatric
hospitals and shelters). Its specificity resides in its mobile
structures (roving teams) and in the fact that it operates day and
night and goes into all areas.
In 1998, the Samusocial International was created as an extension
of the original structure. All the large cities of the world
generate social dislocation, loss of sense and finally, exclusion:
many people in great distress try to survive on the streets.
Samusocial International reaches out
towards these people in order to provide them with emergency aid and
to seek out, with its partners, sustainable solutions for the longer
Samusocial International is present in countries like
Algeria, Belgium, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, French Guyana, Mali,
Morocco, Romania, Russia, Senegal and since 2005, in Peru.
Samusocial Peru is concentrating its efforts in Huaycan, one of the
Pueblos Jovenes (poor neighborhoods) that surround the capital,
Lima. It operates two mobile units (ambulances, one of which was
bought by the Children of Peru foundation) that goes daily to Huaycan in search of
people, mainly children, in need of immediate medical assistance.
The children of Huaycan and their families face many medical and
psychological problems such as family violence, sexual abuse,
alcoholism, depression, and respiratory and intestinal diseases.
Malnutrition is an issue for many children. The mobile unit is
composed of a social worker, a nurse and a driver. They cruise the
neighborhood in order to care for and listen to people in social and
medical emergency situations. They organize their actions around
three main missions: medical assistance, psychological support and
Samusocial Peru was our first beneficiary as our first fundraising
campaign was dedicated to their activity: we bought their second
ambulance in 2006.
In 2007 we financed all the operating costs of the ambulance, we
also started a program to help fight against Tuberculosis in Huaycan.
In August, when an earthquake hit Peru, we raised USD 10,000 in a
few days and we used them to help Samusocial Peru to organize
immediate relief with Pompiers Sans Frontieres. Finally, in
December, we financed the construction of a new building for the
Huaycan High school, "Colegio Gustavo Mohme".
In 2008, we continued our commitment in the fight against
Tuberculosis, we financed the operating costs of the two ambulances,
and financed the construction of a second building for the Huaycan High
Our support continued year after year. In 2013 our grant allowed
Samusocial to replicate its model into a new place: Santa Rosa, a
Pueblo Joven north of Lima.