Nikanor Alejandro Jalanocca Condori
Child of the fondation from 2006 to 2015
Originally from the village of Pitumarca, Alejandro was 8 years old when he became part of Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation. He arrived in Cusco with his mother and sister after fleeing a violent family environment:
“I first entered the Qoripata Project, where I found the affection and respect I needed with very good tutors. During the years I spent in primary and secondary school, I would go to San Borja high school in the morning and to the foundation in the afternoon. There, I received food and support. My mother, who is illiterate, also found a job at the foundation, where she now works as a cook, preparing 200 meals a day. My younger sister is also part of the foundation.
I have few opportunities to go back to my native village. My mother encouraged me to sign up for English classes a few years ago, and after I graduated from high school, I started to work for Niños Hotel. First I was employed at the restaurant, and then at the reception of the hotel in Fierro Street. Next year I’ll begin to study tourism at the university. For me, the foundation is the place where I received the affection and respect I needed.”