• Casa Sana Is A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit located at 6809 Sleret Ave. Vancouver, WA 98664
  • 360-281-6919
  • madena@casasana.org
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About Us

Who We Are

About

Casa Sana - Healing House!

Our vision is to provide “healing houses” in Peru and to spread this concept to communities throughout the world. We will execute this vision by bringing in young Peruvian adults, giving them a place to stay, teaching them the skills they need, sending them to school on a full scholarship, and releasing them to change their communities.

Casa Sana will be a residence and workplace for young adults in surrounding communities near Piura, Peru. Our goal is not only to provide housing and work experience for young adults but also provide vocational training. This training will aid these Peruvian teens with job experience and skill building in administration, sales, marketing, and other professional business abilities. We provide scholarships to universities for those who excel in these jobs to ensure further knowledge and education in areas they thrive in, to break the cycle of poverty, and stimulate success and profitability in all of Peru.

Charity Organizers

Team Member
Madena Parsley
CEO/Founder
Team Member
Dustin Greene
Sec./Treas.
Team Member
Mason Smith
Youth Advocate
Team Member
Rosario
President – Peru

Organization Details

Current

  1. WHY CASA SANA FOCUSES ON INDIVIDUALS INSTEAD OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

    We've discovered that changed circumstances rarely change people's lives, while changed people inevitably change their circumstances. Community development is important work that addresses the external circumstances of poverty and is an important complement to our work.

    However, our primary focus is individual development and empowerment—an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the value and potential of each individual teen. These kids grow up to become positive influences in their own communities. They become CHANGE AGENTS - EMPOWERMENT = CHANGE AGENTS.

    We have four Original Casa Sana kids. These kids have been with us since 2011.

    • Alex Zegarra – is currently in his final year of studies at Senati. He will soon be a certified Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Specialist. During his time at Casa Sana he has become a great Leader and mentor. “At Casa Sana we encourage each other to do our best. Teamwork is very important and we need to have common targets to make Peru a better place to live. We have to be aware of the things that happen every day in our country. We do not want more violence and delinquency happening in our neighborhoods. We have to make changes.”
    • Victor Martinez – is currently studying Architecture at Universidad Nacional de Piura. He is very passionate about his future work as an Architect and has huge plans to improve his community. Victor has been a huge asset to Casa Sana, he has become a Leader, mentor and is always pitching in when needed. “Here in Casa Sana, we care about each other and most important, we care about others. We do social work as a reminder of that there is always someone less fortunate than we are and that we are here to bring hope.”
    • Belen Paredes – is currently studying Communication and Media Faculty (Journalism) at Universidad Nacional de Piura, She has dreams of becoming a TV reporter and working in the field most days. Belen was a very shy and insecure girl when she joined our group, now she is outgoing and empowered to reach her goals and dreams. “Casa Sana is about supporting each other, but we cannot forget about people who need more help than us. The main objective we are here for is to generate change.”
    • Astrid Ruiz – is currently studying to be a Civil Engineer at PROEDUNP - Sullana. She dreams of improving the city of Sullana and Piura after she graduates. “Casa Sana is solidarity, it is the union of many values, it is a team I am proud to belong to. Together we can achieve a lot of changes, there are many people who need help and together we can do just that. We always do things in welfare of others, always working together. Together we will achieve a big change .”

    We have just brought in 8 New Casa Sana Kids. We are excited to take this 2nd generation from the shy, unsure, insecure teens to EMPOWERED young adults!

Our History

In February 2011, Dustin Greene and I were feeling sorry for ourselves. Life seemed like it was continuing that never-ending downward spiral. Deciding to turn this negativity into positivity, we committed to helping those less fortunate – those with a "downward spiral" we could not even fathom. I sent a message via Facebook to my friends in Peru, Rosario Zegarra and Emily Broniak, asking the question: "how can we best help the people in Peru?"

Why Peru? I have sponsored children in Peru for the past ten years, and have watched them grow up and face difficult challenges. My objective was to help my sponsored kids break the poverty cycle; Rosario's objective was to improve education; and Emily's objective was to improve health awareness. We all banded together, and this was how Casa Sana – "The Healing House" was born.

I immediately added my daughter Mason to the Casa Sana team as our Youth Advocate. One of my sponsored children was turning 15 in September 2011 and we were all invited to attend her Quinceneara (a typical Hispanic tradition, celebrating a child's fifteenth birthday). Using this great opportunity to brainstorm as a complete team (our Peru team and our American team), we researched and explored options for Casa Sana to consider and work on.

We toured Lima, Cuzco, The Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Trujillo, Chiclayo, and Piura. These different cities in diverse geographical locations throughout Peru provided a deeper look into the sub-cultures of the country. Rosario, a native Peruvian born and raised, opened her home to us during the trip. Her family greeted us with open arms and we attended a family member's birthday party. We learned that the Peruvian family structure is very close knit and based on acceptance, love, and kindness. Multiple generations live under the same roof, which enhances this intimate family bond – definitely a priceless first-hand experience for each of us visitors!

Continuing our research for Casa Sana, we visited orphanages in Lima, Trujillo, and Chiclayo. We met with educators in Piura and visited my sponsored children's villages. This part of the trip was undoubtedly important – it provided us with an up-close-and-personal view of the extreme poverty in the area. We could see it, feel it, taste it, smell it, and learn all about it first-hand. We realized that until you personally visit a region of extreme poverty, you couldn't truly fathom it, especially coming from a first-world country. Due to lack of transportation, most of the kids from these villages have never been outside of their communities. These children all have inspiring dreams of attending college and educating themselves but the reality of leaving their community and family, moving to a big city, and attending college is financially impossible.

At the end of our 16-day trip, we concluded that the biggest need was student housing for teens wanting to attend college. In Peru, there aren't any dorms or student housing of any kind. The students who attend college pay for their own place or stay with family who live near the college. Therefore, most high school graduates have little or no opportunity to further their education.

After gathering all of this information, we finally began to form a blueprint for Casa Sana. Casa Sana will be the place where teens can live in a safe and growth-fostering environment with the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills through vocational training emphasizing administration, marketing, and sales. Through these opportunities, young Peruvian adults will be provided practical guidance and knowledge that they will in turn be able to share with their friends and families throughout the country. Casa Sana also strives to provide scholarships to universities or technical colleges to those who excel in the jobs they are given.

One of our current major obstacles is that the government is not inclined to help this large section of the population and we are now making a call to action. We need your support so we can help others. Let's become a big family – a family of the world.

- From the perspective of Madena Parsley, CEO and Founder

Our Plan

  1. LET'S BRING THEM IN

    The majority of the world is at or below the poverty level, and will never be able to reach a state of life above "just surviving." Many times it is not the adults that are the most affected, but rather the young teens and children. Casa Sana wants to offer the young adults of the world a place to break and heal the cycle of poverty in their communities.

  2. GIVE THEM A PLACE TO STAY

    We want to see Casa Sana healing houses thrive in all parts of Peru, and eventually all over the globe. These houses will provide a place to encourage healthy living in all aspects of each teen's life. This house will be a residence, a school, and a self-sustainable business.

  3. TEACH THEM THE SKILLS THEY NEED

    After establishing a secure place to live and thrive, we want to teach and lead them on the path to a higher level of learning both in-house and at a local college. We will teach them valuable and relevant skills to run an in-house business that will build a foundation for them to thrive as entrepreneurs.

  4. SEND THEM TO SCHOOL ON A FULL SCHOLARHIP

    Our goal is to provide scholarships to those who have potential to thrive and demonstrate great aspirations, but are simply lacking the financial funds to implement their dreams.

  5. RELEASE THEM TO CHANGE THEIR COMMUNITIES

    After they complete their education and their time at the house is complete, we will confidently send them back into their respective communities. These young entrepreneurs can then go on to create local groups and teach others what they learned and how to improve the world.

FAQ

  1. WHERE IS THE MONEY REALLY COMING FROM?

    Contributions come from a variety of sources: individual donors, private foundations, corporations, community-based organizations such as schools, churches, faith-based organizations, student associations, and civic clubs.

  2. HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION IS BEING USED FOR THE NEED?

    Casa Sana aims to put as much of your contribution as possible to work helping people in need. Casa Sana works hard to keep our overhead as low as possible and generate a strong return on investments made in marketing and fundraising. The money spent on fundraising and marketing is an essential investment to guarantee that we can secure funding for our vital work in the future and that we have the necessary planning and project management systems in place to ensure we are efficiently run in an accountable manner.

  3. WHERE IS MY DONATION ACTUALLY BEING SPENT?

    In general, individual contributions will be spent wherever the need is greatest in our programs in Peru, or to carry out vital research, advocacy, communications and support functions.

  4. HOW DOES MY GIFT OF $25 MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

    Because our projects use technologies that are appropriate and affordable for children living in some of Peru's poorest villages a small amount really can make a difference to our work. While some of our projects are supported by large grants, Casa Sana depends upon many people giving small amounts of money, which together can enable whole communities to gain access to higher education, help to build the capacities of local organizations to carry out this work or influence governments on their educational policies.

  5. HOW AND WHEN WAS CASA SANA CREATED?

    Casa Sana began in the heart of one woman moved by her sponsored children who live in small villages in Peru. In 2008 Madena Parsley went to Peru to meet her children. When she encountered the extreme poverty of Peru's village children, she knew she had to do something. Madena and a team of incredible people established a program that allows caring people to provide hope, shelter, education, and a chance to break the poverty cycle for these village teenagers. That program is the foundation and core of Casa Sana.

  6. WHY DOES CASA SANA FOCUS ON INDIVIDUALS RATHER THEN ON THE COMMUNITY?

    During Casa Sana's research, we've found various approaches to breaking the cycle of poverty in children's lives. We've discovered that changed circumstances rarely change people's lives, while changed people inevitably change their circumstances. Community development is important work that addresses the external circumstances of poverty and is an important complement to our work. However, our primary focus is individual child development—an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the value and potential of each individual child. Many of these children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities.