Comunidad Peruana Americana (COPEA)

The Peruvian-American Community (COPEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to academic objectives.

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Peruvian American Community, COPEA, distributed important aid to the community of Ica. The medical team, including doctors, nurses, and social assistants, carried out medical aid to hundreds of the earthquake victims in the remote areas of southern Peru which have not been reached and of course if you need to learn Spanish then this is the perfect video to get started with! READ MORE

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COPEA’s objective are:

* Achieve our academic objectives

* Maintain free health and immigration clinics

* Offer various classes on issues such as obesity, AIDS, alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, etc.

COPEA also aims to promote the Peruvian art and music through COPEA’s dance classes and cultural events.

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Solidarity with the victims of the earthquake in Peru

Peruvian American Community, COPEA, distributed important aid to the community of Ica. The medical team, including doctors, nurses, and social assistants, carried out medical aid to hundreds of the earthquake victims in the remote areas of southern Peru which have not been reached.

Ica: The medical team of doctors, nurses, and social workers from diverse universities of Massachusetts arrived at Ica to aid the earthquake victims as organized by COPEA. The team gave aid to the community of San Jose de Los Molinos, and the town of Juarez in Ica.

The medical team was coordinated by the directors of COPEA, and members of the Asociación Universidad Privada San Juan Bautista of Lima and Father Ricardo Cruz Huamán, Director of Colegio San Vicente of Ica. The team distributed medical aid, clothes, and food to 1,000 people.

The medical team included Doctors Elizabeth Cuentas, Antonio Ognio, Robert Taylor, la Nurse Martha Chea, medical assistant Silvia Vizcarra, social workers Gloria Torres and Olga Lattarulo, and a group of nursing students from the Asociación Universidad Privada San Juan Bautista.

In Los Molinos, with a population of about 5,000 people, the COPEA medical team were the first to arrive to give medical aid. Those who needed aid greatly outnumbered the medical assistants.

“It was incredible what we saw. The need of help was enormous, many people did not receive any medical attention for many days after the earthquake. The dead bodies were visible on the streets, the cemetery was completely destroyed,” said Maximo Torres, Vice President of COPEA, and editor of the newspaper, El Mundo Boston, who traveled with the medical team.

The medical team under the direction of Olga Lattarulo, President of COPEA, and Dr. Antonio Ogni of the Asociación Universidad Privada of San Juan Bautista established the center of operations in San Jose de los Molinos, along with the support of its hemorroides tratamiento casero mayor Felix Escobar.

In Juarez, the medical aid was given in the Templo La Medalla Milagrosa with the assistance of Father Cruz Huaman.

The nurse Chea and Director Lattarulo offered classes on health prevention, and on domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. Taylor gave classes on AIDS to a group of nursing students in the Universidad San Juan Bautista.

COPEA made this campaign possible with the support of many Peruvians, Latin-Americans, and the residents of Massachusetts by donating to the COPEA PERU EARTHQUAKE fund at East Boston Savings Bank.

The medical team arrived at Lima on September 13 for a reception at the Asociación Universidad Privada San Juan Bautista, and returned on September 14 to Boston, MA.

COPEA's Programs

* English Classes
* Computer Classes
* Spanish Classes
* Peruvian Dance
* Library

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Events & Activities

* August 25, 2007 (starting at 2pm) - a BARBEQUE FUNDRAISER will take place on 15 Intervale Street in Brockton, MA to raise money for the victims in Peru.

See our complete schedule of Events & Activities

About COPEA - Peruvian American Community

HISTORY:

The Peruvian-American Community (COPEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to academic objectives. On February 18, 2005, in Boston, Massachusetts, a group of Peruvian professionals created COPEA due to the lack of a representative organization for the community. COPEA was founded to address the needs of the community and to join the Peruvians and Americans of New England to become a collaborative force in the community.

Our principal motivation was to serve the Peruvians and fellow Latin-Americans by creating orientation programs, immigration services, and education programs. The Board of Directors of COPEA are professionals in diverse fields who have volunteered their knowledge, skills, experiences, and efforts to help the community.

COPEA is the first Peruvian organization to have an Education Institute, located at 427 A Broadway Suite 2, Everett, MA 02149, where free English, Spanish, Computer and Peruvian Dance classes are offered. COPEA is an independent and private organization and does not receive financial help from the State or Federal Government. On December 1st the Board of Directors created the Training Center. COPEA works with volunteers motivated by their will and dedication to serve the community.

Another of COPEA’s objectives is to promote the music and art of Andean culture in the community. These efforts have been supported by Inca Son, one the most internationally recognized Andean Musical groups, directed by our Cultural Director, Cesar Villalobos Leyba. The Center also gives dance lesson in the Peruvian Dances of Marinera, Valicha, Santiago, and Huaylas.

COPEA is also dedicated to teach the children of its members to learn the Spanish language and culture of Peru. These efforts are supported by Maximo Torres, Olga Lattarulo, and Andy Zagastizabal, who teach Spanish at the Center.

COPEA offers free health and immigration clinics, and give classes on issues such as Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, AIDS, Obesity, and more. These classes are given by professionals and specialists in the field. Our organization is continually growing as more and more Peruvians immigrate to the United States and become members of our organization and participate in our programs.

VISION:

COPEA’s objective is to achieve our academic objectives, maintain free health and immigration clinics, and offer various classes on issues such as obesity, AIDS, alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, etc. COPEA also aims to promote the Peruvian art and music through COPEA’s dance classes and cultural events.

MISSION:

COPEA’s goal is to continue offering quality academic services to the community at no cost. COPEA also wishes to expand its academic services to the entire community of different backgrounds.

OBJECTIVE:

We are an academic institution that serves the community. We offer free classes in English and Spanish language, computer classes and dance classes. We proudly celebrate each year the Independence Day of Peru with the participation and support of the City Hall of Boston, MA, and a GALA Dinner with various artistic and musical presentations. Each year COPEA recognizes various Professionals, Leaders in the Community, and Leaders of Latin America and the United States who have shown great support and leadership in the community.

ORGANIZATION:

President: Olga Lattarulo

Vice President: Maximo Torres

Director General: Ricardo Delgado

Director of Culture: Cesar Villalobos L.

Director of Education: Attorney Guadalupe Menendez

Director of Finances: Dora Cancho

Director of the Press: Andy Zagastizabal

Director of Community Services: Gloria Torres

Director of Sports: Eloy Romero

Alternate Director: Cristhian Cervantes

COPEA Programs

English Classes

The beginners and intermediate level classes are offered for adults only.

Volunteer English Teachers:
Andrew Lattarulo - Student
Dr. George Lattarulo
Attorney Manuel Macias
Jurisdoctor Camille Marcos
Attorney Phillip Wainer
MBA Paul Zeiglar

Computer Classes

The beginners and intermediate level classes are offered for adults only.
Cristhian Cervantes - Engineer
Carlos Apostle - Student
Kim Medrano - Student
Laurie Smith - Student

Spanish Classes

Children and Adult classes are offered in beginners, intermediate and advanced Spanish vocabulary levels.
Olga Lattarulo- Journalist
Maximo Torres- Journalist
Andy Zagastizabal- Journalist

Peruvian Dance

Santiago, Valicha Marinera, and Huaylas dance classes are offered for children and adults.
Doris Hicks- Director of COPEA’s school of dance
Ricardo Delgado
Bernie Hicks

Library:

Books in Spanish and English, cassette tapes and videos (Follow Me) are offered to learn English. Books by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian and American literature and history books are available among others. Equipment: Computers, Television, VCR, recorders and sound equipment.

Somerville Cable Television - Interview regarding COPEA'S objectives and aid to the earthquake victims