In Cusco, much of the industry is centered towards tourism. Manos Unidas is committed to equipping their students with job skills and assisting them to find employment based on their strength and abilities, effectively changing the status quo and the life outcomes for their students and future generations of disabled children.
In 2016, GO Campaign provided Manos Unidas with a grant to assist in implementing its work inclusion program, which provides vocational training for youth aged 17-25 with mild to moderate disabilities. Impacting 25 youth, the program offers training within three sectors: housekeeping, coffee shop, or horticulture. GO Campaign’s funds will help expand two major components of this project. First, GO Campaign’s funds will go towards materials and supplies for Manos Unidas’ student café, where youth are introduced and trained in various aspects of the food industry, including waiting tables, food preparation, clean up, hosting, and money management. The café is 100% student run. Secondly, funds will go towards creating an urban garden for the horticulture vocational training program. This garden consists of a greenhouse, where Manos Unidas can source its own food for its students and for tourist lunches sold at their cafe.