This month we celebrated the 14th anniversary of the Victor Maldonado school. All of the children got dressed up in traditional outfits and performed dances that they had learned specially with the local dance teacher. After weeks of practicing they finally got to show off what they had learned. The kids loved it and the dances were all amazing! All the volunteers, staff and teachers joined in too with an impressive performance of "Shake your tail feather". Maybe not quite up to the standard of the kids but it certainly got a few laughs! We also had some singing from grades 1 and 2 and a special performance from Naomi and her sister, Daniela, who for two little girls, have the most incredible voices. After all of the performances "hora loca" began, which certainly was crazy! There were whistles, balloons, confetti, lots of party games and most importantly - a clown! Everyone got involved and there were smiling faces all round. After this, everyone dug in to some well-deserved lunch. An unforgettable, action-packed day for everyone.
Katy is a happy and kind 14-year-old girl who attends one of our schools here in Arequipa, Peru. Katy has a learning disability and a facial disfigurement. She also has a huge smile and a cheerful disposition. Everyday Katy is able to work 1-1 with a volunteer. Katy is currently on a 1st grade level and while she may be behind, she has an incredible work ethic. She has shown so much progress in the last year! We are able to provide many kids who need 1-1 work in our schools in Peru thanks to everyone who supports the project. If these kids didn’t have their own volunteers they may not even be in school at all. The local teachers already have two grades to work with and unfortunately, a special needs kid cannot get the attention they deserve. Thank you to all those volunteers who have worked with Katy and the other kids in the past and for everyone who has donated towards this project, now and in the future!
Talks are underway for starting our own secondary school whereby funds raised on this page will go towards paying for teachers to give secondary education to the children. We have tried this on our project in Honduras and seen great results so we are very keen to expand the initiative across the projects.
We currently give scholarships to the children although this new plan will be more sustainable in the long run making sure that more children have access to Secondary Education. This will be entirely funded through the GVI Charitable Trust.
Support on the project is continuing as ever and are seeing great progress with the children. We did have 6 kids who were falling behind and had to be removed from the class, thanks to extra support we have been able to bring them up to speed so that they can continue at the level they should be at.
The Children face many difficulties in the Pueblos Jovenes which can affect their education so it is great to see that with continued support, understanding and patience the kids can continue and progress as they need to.
All three communities in which we work are seeing tremendous advances and upon hearing from the children who are now in Secondary School they are passing their exams with excellent marks, fantastic news!
To spread our knowledge and experience in education in the desert, we have expanded into two new communities around Arequipa, where the schools have limited funds, teachers and utensils. By increasing teachers numbers and bringing in food programs, the children are now receiving better education and a full meal each day.
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