Kelma Canazas Ayerbe

In 2017, Kelma Canazas Ayerbe became the Executive Director of Alfalit Vida Peru. Since her arrival, literacy programs have expanded, and the organization has received recognition from various partners, including the Ministry of Education’s Regional Directorate that lauded the development of teacher training.

A cornerstone of Alfalit is that education is the only tool that will lift families from poverty and ensure their civil and social rights, and Kelma shares this thinking. She believes she has a responsibility to help her neighbors, and joining the Alfalit team has enabled her to do so. As she witnesses the progress of students, she is inspired and admires their courage to learn. Kelma has long been committed to women’s empowerment and is appreciative of Alfalit’s efforts in this regard as well.

Kelma considers herself first and foremost a teacher. Her expertise, however, is also in the management of development projects and programs. In addition, she is exceptionally knowledgeable in monitoring and evaluation. Before joining the organization, Kelma was employed by the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, World Visión International, and Aldeas Infantiles SOS [SOS Children’s Villages].

With a myriad of degrees, Kelma brings a wealth of education to her role. These include Bachelor of Education; and these Masters degrees: Social Management (Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú), Social Development, Social Development Studies (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Ginebra, Suiza), Information and Communication Technology (EUCIM Business School), and Educational Management (Universidad san Martín de Porras, Lima). In addition, she is a specialist in the monitoring and evaluation of social projects and received this certification from Red de Investigacion y Busqueda de información [Research Network and Information Search]. With Kelma’s background, the Alfalit International team believes our Peruvian affiliate will only continue to flourish.

She is married to Jancarlo Ayma Guerra. They have a son and attend the Peruvian Evangelical Church. She is fluent in Spanish.