Plain and simple, Peru has a crime problem. Every day people are assaulted and worse yet, murdered.
The government has issued many state of emergencies to combat the increasing rate of delinquency. Exhibit A: Lima’s district of Callao, which has been in a crime ‘state of emergency’ for over a year.
In said state of emergencies the government increases police presence, installs security cameras and authorizes certain security measures yet they might be overlooking the primary cause of juvenile delinquency.
“Crime is not settled with fights, nor with problems. It is [combated] with sport and education,” says professional boxer Jonathan Maicelo.
Maicelo wants to make a difference in the lives of youth from the most dangerous and crime-ridden parts of Peru by creating a boxing gym: Fighter Club.
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The charismatic boxer grew up in the notoriously dangerous ‘Barracones del Callao.’ Maicelo overcame growing up in a dodgy part of town by training to become an elite athlete.
“I am creating a gym where your membership will fight crime. How? Going to the root of the problem, rescuing young people who are one step away from crime and making them super athletes. I myself will go to the most dangerous neighborhoods and select these young people. We will give grants for sports and technical education and higher,” said the Latin American boxing champion.
Maicelo has created a vehicle to help combat youth delinquency, now he needs your help.
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