Yancana Huasy Named Finalist for 2018 Opus Prize

Yancana Huasy Named Finalist for 2018 Opus Prize


Latest News | by Holy Cross Mission Center

    PORTLAND, Ore. - On November 15, 2018, at the University of Portland, one of the following three finalists will be announced as the 2018 recipient of the Opus Prize. Since its inception in 1901, the University has been guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers. 

    Daniel and Avitha Victor of Agape Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, India.

    Dr. Rami Nashashibi of Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, Illinois.

    José Antonio Patrón Quispe and Rev. Daniel Panchot, C.S.C., of Yancana Huasy in Lima, Peru

    The Opus Prize is one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship and University of Portland students and faculty are partnering with the Opus Prize Foundation to select finalists for the 2018 awards. 

    Each year the Opus Prize Foundation chooses one Catholic university to help it award one $1 million and two $100,000 prizes recognizing individuals who are addressing persistent and pressing social problems. From improving education in Afghanistan to supporting the families of incarcerated women in New York City, Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation and impact. While the Opus Prize Foundation partners with Catholic universities to award the Opus Prize, the individual or organization receiving it may have roots in any faith.

    José Antonio Patrón Quispe and Rev. Daniel Panchot, C.S.C., of Yancana Huasy in Lima, Peru 

    Established by Fr. Panchot and led today by José Antonio Patrón, Yancana Huasy works to integrate children and families with special needs into public schools, faith communities and neighborhoods.

    In the spring of 1981, a small group of Peruvians with motor disabilities, sought help from Fr. Panchot, a Holy Cross priest working in the urban neighborhoods of Lima.

    Faithful to the Congregation's charism to serve as educators of the faith in mind and heart, with a preferential option for the poor, Fr. Panchot established Yancana Huasy, which has become one of Peru's premier non-governmental organizations.

    Led today by José Antonio Patrón, Yancana Huasy works to integrate children and families with special needs into public schools, faith communities and neighborhoods. They are primary advocates in ensuring that the disabled have access to public transportation and handicapped accessibility in public buildings. Much of their focus is on training parents of children with disabilities to meet the physical and emotional needs of their child. Yancana Huasy's staff, many who have worked there for more than 20 years, live each day by the belief that "...it takes a special parent to care for a child with special needs."

    Follow University of Portland updates and stories here, as they move through the process of evaluating the 2018 Opus Prize nominees.




    Related Stories