International Sustainable Community Development 2011 Speaker Series
promoting international community development that is environmentally sound, economically productive, & socially just
Esperanza En Accion, Managua, Nicaragua
Thursday, March 17
2pm in Room 270 - the Urban Center - 506 S.W. Mill St.
7pm in PSU Multicultural Center (Rm. 228) Smith Center – 1825 S.W. Broadway
Yamileth Perez is Esperanza en Accion’s Artisan Program Director. She lives in one of the poorest and most dangerous barrios in Managua, near La Chureca, the vast city landfill where people live and work, digging through mountains of trash and filth to collect recyclables. Yamileth, who now lives in a cinderblock house, spent many years working in the dump living in a shack made of plastic and cardboard has served as a monitor in the dump for the International Program to Eliminate Child Labor. She teaches in Esperanza’s Economic Justice Education Center and is responsible for the Fair Trade store. Yamileth also is a health promoter, providing a base house for malaria prevention and care in her barrio; coordinates a soccer league for at-risk youth; and is a community organizer for the Nicaraguan Community Movement. She has also worked in the areas of infant survival and reproductive health, teaching in the community about the importance of vaccinations, pre-natal care, birth control and human sexuality.
This is the inaugural ISCD speaker series of The School of Urban Studies & Planning highlighting community development programs and initiatives that underscore PSU's sustainability mission. This year's speakers have strong ties to The School of Urban Studies & Planning and bring an incredible breadth and depth of experience to share. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Co-sponsors: College of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Urban Studies & Planning, School of Community Health, PSU Multicultural Center, PSU Foundation International Community Development Fund