Mission: The Association of Peruvian American Professionals works to improve educational opportunities, professional development and cultural awareness to empower the Peruvian-American and Latino Community to reach their fullest potential.
Results: 2010 Highlights
- APAPRO Monthly e-Newsletter
- Nominated APAPRO member, Melanie Dias, as APAPRO 2010 Exemplary Mother to be recognized in the community.
- Partnered with Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to host the first Greater Hartford Children's Latino Film Festival showcasing quality, independent and international Latino themed children's films, shorts, animations, and documentaries.
- Received grants from the following organizations/companies: The Greater Hartford Arts Council, Peru Opportunity Fund, State Farm Companies Foundation, and Hispanics in Philantrophy
- Hosted a luncheon with Dr. Salomon Lerner, former President Emeritus of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru) and former president of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Organized a Flood Relief Effort to collect non-perishable food, clothing, and monetary donations for the victims of the floods in Cuzco, Peru. Father Michael Sequeira of St. Mary's Church of Visitation in Clinton along with a group of 45 people went to traveled to Cuzco, Peru to distribute the donations to those in most need.
-Partnered with Allpacuna Foundation on the "Campaign Bridge to Peru 2010" to collect clothing and blankets for those affected by the cold weather that swept through southern Peru.
- Supported Peruvian Consulate of Hartford on the Peru's Independence Day Celebration at the Learning Corridor Center
- 4th Annual School Drive
- 6th Annual Taste of Peru & Scholarship Fundraiser
- Partnered with the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity College to host the first APAPRO Teacher's Conference: Incorporating Peru into the Curriculum.
- Peru's Independence Day Gala Dinner
- Hartford's Mayor Eddie Perez recognizes APAPRO for our work in community development.
- Partnered with Hartford Public Library to host a FREE Financial Aid (FAFSA) workshop in Spanish
- Received grant from Hispanics in Philantrophy for Board Development
- Volleyball Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser
- Awarded three $1000 Scholarship to outstanding Latino students from CT
- Redesigned APAPRO website and added two domain names to www.apapro.org, www.peruvianprofessionals.com and www.americanperuvians.com
I know some of APAPRO members for quite some time now and I think they a great bunch a guys who like to help the community here in Hartford CT.
During the year, they organize pisco sour get-togethers to raise funds for the Scholarship for the needy Latinos from the community. They have helped and have participated in organizing activities in July (28 de Julio) to celebrate Peru's Independence Day. In November in every year, they have "Taste of Peru" to promote the great and unique Peruvian food. They are always supporting and helping other organizations in the community.
In March of 2009 I organized a "Chocolatada" -activity where one gives out free clothes, toys, hot chocolate, panetton to the poor children.
The president of APAPRO then Mario Reyes and his friends wrote me a big check, also Mario Reyes wrote me another big check in behave of APAPRO, with this funds I bought toys, panetton, and ingredients to make hot chocolate for more than 250 poor and needy children of the high Andean mountain of Peru.
Overall APAPRO is a organization with lots of experience, fun and professionals that are committed in helping the community at large and promoting Peru's rich and unique culture, tradition, dance folklore, and our delicious and varied Peruvian food.
I would like to congratulate to all the members of APAPRO for their big help and keep up with the great work.