Education  Peru Project #21396

Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru

by Globalteer
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Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru
Free education for 60 deprived children in Peru

We have very exciting news! In August, thanks to a generous donor, we were able to build a brand-new playground for Picaflor! For weeks, the children watched the construction on the grounds, and the anticipation built every day. They were very patient, and this patience was finally rewarded during the last week of the month when the new park as open for play! The smiles and laughter have been continuous every afternoon since!

The new park comes complete with a new set of swings, a new seesaw, a rope bridge, and a roller slide! It was all designed and constructed by local builders from the area, allowing us to give back to our community in more way than one. The new setup is larger and safer than what has been present for the last several years. It’s an upgrade our hard-working students certainly deserve!

Farewell to Emily

Emily, who had been working with us for the last several months as an NGO assistant intern, sadly had to leave us at the beginning of September, as her internship time ended. She did excellent work for Picaflor house and helped us develop a new Child Protection Module for the children of Oropesa. We’ll have more about that for you in our next update. So stay tuned! It’s something of which we’re quite proud and excited for.

Volunteers

We’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers we have had since our last update. A very big thank you to Yucheng, the Hartshorn family, Nicki, Tuvia, and Jessica! Our work at Picaflor House simply wouldn’t be possible without your assistance and support! Thank you for joining us in Peru!

Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!

Emily, NGO Assistant, helping improve our garden!
Emily, NGO Assistant, helping improve our garden!
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Some of our students learning Mandarin with Xin!
Some of our students learning Mandarin with Xin!

Last month at Picaflor House, we had the honour to welcome two new teaching interns into our programme! Emily comes to us from New Zealand and Xin from the United States. We are very excited to have them on board for a few months, and they are bringing with them much knowledge, experience, and great new ideas for our students! Along with assisting the students with their English, both Xin and Emily will be teaching supplementary courses.

Xin, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, will be giving Mandarin lessons! This will be unlike anything the students have experienced before, but in a region like Cusco where international tourism is the largest industry, it is sure to be valuable for any student who wishes to work with tourists professionally in the future. In addition to the English they are already learning, knowing Mandarin could open many doors. Though this will only be an introductory course, we hope it will inspire some students to continue the study of this and other languages!

Emily will be working with the students in a Child Protection course, making sure they are fully involved in our overall Child Protection Policy. This is extremely important, as all children should be aware of their rights, their value, their voice, and what they should do if they ever feel violated. Children all over the world are at risk for exploitation and abuse, and it is our duty to protect them. This includes educating them about personal boundaries, recognizing abuse, and ways of keeping themselves safe. We are dedicated to Child Protection at Picaflor House, and this supplemental course is invaluable for our students.

Upcoming in 2019

We are looking forward to welcoming the annual Durham University Charities Kommitte (DUCK) group at the end of this month! They are always a joy to have on our grounds and help us with so many in-house projects. We’re sure to have much to share with you about their visit in our next update.

And perhaps most exciting for the children – we are going to be building a new playground soon! Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos and updates!

Volunteers

We’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers we have had since our last update. A very big thank you to Elin, Hanna, Deirdre, Vincent, Harshil, John, Nirekh, Ravi, and the Huffaker Family! Our work at Picaflor House simply wouldn’t be possible without your assistance and support! Thank you for joining us in Peru!

Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!

Students with volunteer John
Students with volunteer John
Students with volunteer Harshil
Students with volunteer Harshil
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Schools are back in session in Peru after the academic break during January and February. During these months, Picaflor House had fewer of our regular students, since many are home with their families during this time, but we had many children from remote communities enrol with us for the holiday cycle courses. It was great to have some new faces and share what Picaflor House has to offer. Many of these new children had an even lower level of reading and writing than our youngest attendees at Picaflor, since they may come from predominantly Quechua-speaking areas. However, they were enthusiastic to learn and dedicated to the work during their classes. After two months of intense work with us during the holiday cycle, our Spanish literacy teacher Julia saw marked improvement in their performance, and as they head back to their communities for the regular school cycle, we know what they learned with us will be invaluable.

The regular academic year is now in full swing in Oropesa, and everyone at Picaflor House is hard at work. This year we welcomed a new English teacher, Rubi, and we are very excited to have her on board. Originally from Andahuaylas Peru (a city about 10 hours from Cusco), she is currently on sabbatical from her education in the United States, where she is studying the English language and Informatics Engineering in Utah.  Along with the regular curriculum, she has brought in new ideas and materials from her experience in the USA. With her bright smile and enthusiasm, she is a cheery addition to Picaflor and we are glad that she will be with us during this year!

2019 Volunteers

We’d like to give a shout out to the volunteers we have had in 2019 so far. A very big thank you to Sandra, Nathan, Roger, Barbara, Daniel, and Charlotte. Our work at Picaflor House wouldn’t be possible without your assistance and support! Thank you for joining us in Peru!

Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!

Our New English Teacher, Rubi
Our New English Teacher, Rubi
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Picaflor students with new classroom supplies!
Picaflor students with new classroom supplies!

We are excited to kick off 2019 at Picaflor House, and while we’re busy working on lesson plans and new projects, we’re also looking back at our activities and accomplishments in 2018.

Literacy Programme Success

Our new Literacy Programme began in 2018, focusing on improving our children’s reading and writing skills in the Spanish language. One of the biggest challenges Picaflor House faces is that children who are in first and second grade often cannot read or write, despite their time spent in public schools. Regardless of their setbacks, the public Peruvian educational system requires that all first-grade children be able to read and write, placing any who cannot at a serious disadvantage without the supplemental tools for improvement. So now, part of our mission is to help get all of our attendees up to speed.

This year has been full of work on this subject:  books have been bought for each reading level, and each of our children has been provided with notebooks and other needed materials. Teacher Julia has worked intensively with all levels according to their needs, and we are very pleased to mention that her work has had excellent results. All the children passed this last school year, and in this last semester, their public-school grades have improved.

We were very happy to recently receive the visit of some parents who wanted to thank Picaflor House for supporting their children. The teachers in public school had recommended that the parents continue to send their children to Picaflor, since their performance had improved so much. That is exactly the type of news we love to hear!

Looking forward into 2019

Our English Programme and Healthy Lunch Programme continued in 2018 with great success, and we look forward to even more achievement with these programmes in 2019. They are doing so much for the children of Oropesa, and it is notable to their families.

We also said goodbye to several beloved staff members in 2018 (Laura, Diane, Gladys, and Angel), as noted in past reports. But we have also welcomed new team members (Vilma, Julia, Teddy, and Milward), who are already doing a great job and will be vital to Picaflor’s accomplishments in 2019.

This January, the children are all currently in their summer holiday time away from public school, but they continue to come to Picaflor daily in the afternoons. Our team is gearing up for great things to come in 2019, and we cannot wait to share them with you in the coming months!

Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!

Thank you from everyone at Picaflor House!
Thank you from everyone at Picaflor House!
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Our new English teacher, Teddy!
Our new English teacher, Teddy!

Recent Changes

In August, Picaflor House was very sad to say goodbye to our wonderful Programme Manager, Laura. Laura made a huge impact at the project over the last few years, helping it grow and making a real difference to the lives of the students, their families and the community. Laura also made sure all our wonderful volunteers felt at home while in Peru and ensured they had a great time. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will remain, and Picaflor will continue to thrive thanks to her hard work and dedication! 

In Laura’s absence, long-time staff member and Academic Coordinator Luz Chapi has stepped up to take on the challenges that the role requires. Luz is beloved by the students, their families, and the volunteers who come through Picaflor House, and we are excited to have her at the helm!

Picaflor English Programme Updates

Picaflor House has seen some changes to our English Language Programme since our last report!

Earlier this year, Diane joined us from the USA to continue the English learning programme. Diane’s motivation and the enthusiasm of the children made English classes fun and valuable throughout her time with them. In her work with the children, she helped them become more confident to express some emotions and concerns in English. Also, her high level of organisation helped the children understand the importance of order and acquire this habit not only in the English class, but everywhere.

Diane has now departed to spend some time in Europe, and she is missed. But her time with us has left some great systems in place from her vast teaching experience. During the recruitment process for our new teacher, Luz and Laura delivered the English classes, along with support from our volunteers. Thanks to the English Language curriculum already in place, the transition between staff went smoothly until the new teacher arrived.

We have now recruited a new teacher, Teddy Zabala! Teddy is from is from Iquitos, the northern jungle region of Peru, and he has extensive experience working with children in different cities of Peru. With his 16 years of teaching experience and ability to speak multiple languages, Teddy has settled in quickly and is very excited to start working with children. We can’t wait to see how much progress they will continue to make throughout the rest of the year!

Literacy Programme Updates

The Literacy Programme (focusing on reading and writing in Spanish), has had very good results this year. With many of the children’s family language being the native Peruvian Quechua language, the literacy classes in Spanish are an essential part of the children’s development.

This year, the reading and writing teacher Julia has worked intensively with the youngest group because many of them cannot yet read. It is a pleasure to mention that first-graders are showing great progress and can now read to an acceptable level for their age. To mention one example, first-grader Juan (not his real name) could not even write his name when we started the school year in March. Now he has greatly improved, is reading a little, and has started to write short sentences.

In the upper grades, the students are working on comprehension and grammar. Because of her hard work, Julia has seen great advancement in reading comprehension. Likewise, when the children write, they do so with only minor grammatical errors. We have found it true that if the children have a good understanding of what they read, they then start to truly enjoy reading, rather than just seeing it as work.

As part of the Programme, the children also have new books to use in their daily lessons. The books are synchronized with the curricula of the school year by grades, and teacher Julia accompanies these books with additional texts, according to what the children need most.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about what’s going on at Picaflor House! Thank you for taking the time to read our update, and as always, thank you for your continued, invaluable support. If you would like to donate, and we hope you do, please visit our page to do so!

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