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
Kindergarten Cleaning their Teeth
Kindergarten Cleaning their Teeth

HELLO FROM OROPESA!

In our last newsletter we told you about some staff changes at Picaflor House and, this time, we are pleased to tell you about two more new members of staff. In addition,

 
MORE NEW STAFF

You may remember us telling you that we would soon be recruiting a new reading and writing (literacy) teacher? In May, teacher Julia joined the Picaflor House staff as the new literacy teacher. Having taught for many years in primary schools in Cusco and nearby villages, Julia’s patience and experience is certainly evident in the classroom and the children enjoy their regular literacy classes. Julia has also been reporting that several of the younger children have improved their reading and writing skills and are now moving on to work on their reading comprehension skills.

We also have a new face in the kindergarten as teacher Norma also joined the ranks shortly after are last report. Hailing from Puno, a region south-east of Cusco, Norma has lived in Oropesa for the last few years with her two sons, who also attend Picaflor House. Having worked for years as a classroom assistant in a kindergarten setting, Norma is bringing her creativity and enthusiasm for working with the little ones to Picaflor House.

A VISIT FROM THE UK

This month, Picaflor House has enjoyed a visit from Pipers Corner School (UK). Having visited Picaflor House before, 11 pupils and two teachers from the school are in town for two weeks, visiting nearby Machu Picchu and volunteering for eight days with our staff and students.

The Pipers students have organised classes including dance, English, art and sports and kindergarten activities, and the Picaflor House children have thoroughly enjoyed learning through the use of new games.

DENTAL HYGIENE AT PICAFLOR HOUSE

Dental care is expensive often forgotten about in Peru and, with sugary foods being cheap and easily accessed, many children’s (and indeed adults’) teeth are rotting, brown and black.

We recently had a visit from a family from Atlanta, USA, who very kindly brought enough toothbrushes for all the children at Picaflor House. Along with toothpaste each child was also lucky enough to take home an extra toothbrush and were taught how to use them properly.

As such, at Picaflor House the children now brush their teeth every day after they’ve had a nutritious lunch, with the kindergarten children taking time out of their lessons in the afternoon to do the same.  

We’ve also been teaching the children the importance of not eating too many sweets and in our recent parents’ meeting, we encouraged parents not to allow their children to buy cheap candy after school, and instead send them to school with a piece of fruit.

We are hoping to see a change in the children’s habits and an overall positive effect on their dental hygiene.

NEWS

I am sorry to say that I shall be leaving my position at Picaflor House to take on new challenges in the UK (where I called home before Peru). There will be a replacement on the way soon and whilst I am of course sad to be leaving the position, children, and village after nearly four years, we are excited for the changes to come and for Picaflor House to keep growing as a centre of learning and as a safe space to be for the children of Oropesa.

I’d like to also take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has followed Picaflor House’s progress and donated to the project over the years; you’ve been a tremendous help and I do hope that you will continue to support the good work that is carried out.

Thank you for reading 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!

New Toothbrushes for all the Children
New Toothbrushes for all the Children
Learning Colours and Body Parts through Play
Learning Colours and Body Parts through Play
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Teacher Angel playing marbles with the kids
Teacher Angel playing marbles with the kids

HELLO FROM OROPESA!

Since February things have been busy at Picaflor House, with staff changes and volunteers coming through our doors (including a group of photographers and 30 students from Canada!), we’re wondering where the time has gone!

 

STAFF CHANGES

At the end of February, we said “goodbye” to two of Picaflor’s beloved staff. Angel was at Picaflor House for 2.5 years and was our Math, Chess and Music teacher. A music teacher by trade, the children were always eager to practice the recorder (much to our ears’ delight!) and enjoyed performing Christmas songs at our Christmas party and traditional cusqueñan songs (songs from Cusco) in Quechua (the local indigenous language) and in Spanish. Angel moved on to work in the city of Cusco, near his home.

Gladys had been at Picaflor House for a year and a half and, for the last 8 months, we also had the joy of her baby in attendance. Friendly Gladys was primarily our reading and writing teacher, however also taught many of the children’s favourite class…traditional dance! Dance is hugely popular across Peru, indeed, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit our wonderful country it’s more than likely that you will have seen some! The learning of traditional dances helps keep indigenous culture alive and each dance tells a story. Gladys left Picaflor House to move to another city (where her husband lives) to bring the family closer together.

As such, at the beginning of March, Joel, our new Math teacher begun work at Picaflor House. A teacher in the mornings in Cusco, Joel has brought a wealth of teaching experience to Picaflor. He’s very friendly and whilst he does not work directly with our volunteers, he always makes an effort to come and chat with volunteers in his native Spanish and is keen to practice his English!

We are currently in the process of recruiting our new reading and writing teacher. Having been granted funding from donors in the UK, we are excited to be able to develop new literacy materials for the children and for their skills in literacy to be improved further thanks to Picaflor House. Watch this space!

 

GROUP VISITS

In March of this year, 30 students visited Picaflor House during their spring break. Originally from China but living and studying high school in Vancouver, the students came enthusiastically to Picaflor House and participated in art, dance, chess, and sports classes. They are eager to continue their support for Picaflor House and we’re excited to develop some fundraising ideas with them! The best part? They’re keen to come back during 2019 spring break with more students to help out at Picaflor House!

In April, we had a much-awaited visit from our friends at The Giving Lens who come to carry out a photography workshop with the Picaflor House children every year. Having access to cameras and knowing how to take photos is rare in Peru and so this is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to try something new and, for children who have been at Picaflor House for a while, it’s a chance to hone the skills that they have learnt in previous years. For four days, the group of 11, from the USA, joined our Picaflor House family. We visited local families, took the kids on a hike to a local lookout and enjoy team games on our field day! Great fun was had all round and we’re looking forward to next year already!

 

ATTENDANCE

So far, this academic year, which started in March, we have had excellent daily attendance. Much like in January, spaces for our term time programme filled up very quickly and children are coming enthusiastically after school to learn at Picaflor House and to take part in fun extra-curricular activities. Our Healthy Lunch Programme as popular as ever, we can’t wait for the things we have in store for the rest of the year!

Thank you for reading 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!

 

With greetings from everyone at Picaflor House!

 

A group of 30 students volunteered in March
A group of 30 students volunteered in March
Gladys- our previous dance and literacy teacher
Gladys- our previous dance and literacy teacher
Learning new skills (photo by TGL)
Learning new skills (photo by TGL)
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Santa Claus visits Picaflor House!
Santa Claus visits Picaflor House!

Christmas party fun and games…

Happy New Year from everyone at Picaflor House! As mentioned in our previous report, at the end of last year, the staff and children of Picaflor House were looking forward to our annual Christmas celebrations. Christmas is an important holiday in Peru however our chocolatada (Christmas party) is the only chance to celebrate for many of the children who attend Picaflor House.

With special guests in attendance, including the man himself, Santa Claus, the children performed traditional dances, Christmas songs and poems, all of which they had been learning throughout December in classes. As well as core academic subjects (maths and literacy), Picaflor House provides the children of Oropesa with arts based subjects, such as traditional dance (an important element of Peruvian culture), music and arts and crafts. Indeed, in arts and crafts lessons (which are taught in English, to promote the use of English language in cross-curricular learning), Christmas decorations for the tree and to be worn on the day of the chocolatada were made with the help and creativity of our amazing volunteers and interim English teacher.

Speaking of English teachers…

At the start of 2018, Picaflor House welcomed a new English teacher into the fold. Diane, from the USA joins the Picaflor House staff team for six months, having taught English to immigrant adults in her home city of Portland, Maine, and as far afield as Morocco, Diane has got stuck into life in Oropesa and Cusco.

We currently have many new children attending Picaflor House for our summer holiday programme, many of whom have never had the opportunity to learn English, certainly not with a native speaker! Being able to speak English in Cusco is an extremely useful and important asset, and so Picaflor House hopes that by providing the children with this opportunity, we will be increasing the children’s chance of future employment and success in further education, should they choose a career or studies that require English.

We are very pleased to be able to report that one of our former pupils, who left Picaflor in March 2017 to attend secondary school, has won a great achievement in English at a regional level. José (not his real name) attended Picaflor House for many years and is a very bright and studious boy who is keen to learn English. As such, José took advantage of the teacher’s instruction in the classroom and advanced well whilst at Picaflor.

José took part in an English competition at his school and won. He then went on to represent his school at regional level, competing against winners from all of the state schools in the Cusco region. We were exceedingly pleased to receive the news from his mother that José won the regional competition, beating all his fellow students. He has since informed us that he was commended on his excellent pronunciation and his mother has been to Picaflor House (where her two younger children still attend) to thank us for providing him with the tools with which to learn English.

We would like to thank our staff, volunteers, supporters, and donors with their help with the English Programme.

A great start to 2018…

January to March in Peru marks the awaited summer vacation time for Peru’s students. In Peru, parents popularly put their children in summer programmes, be it so that they can learn a new skill, improve their sporting prowess or to simply get a boost to their academic skills. It is the latter that draws parents to enrol their children at Picaflor House. By providing academic and extra-curricular activities throughout not only the summer vacation but throughout the whole year, children are able to gain good results at school and get ahead of their classmates before the school year even starts!

Sign up for our summer programme began on the first working day of January and this year it proved to be extremely popular. With 65 children registering to attend from January to March within a week of the sign up period opening, the teachers and management of Picaflor House are thrilled to be able to improve the learning and quality of life of so many children this summer. 

Thank you for reading and of course 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!

With best wishes from, Laura, the staff and all the children at Picaflor House.

Wearing Christmas hats with our volunteer!
Wearing Christmas hats with our volunteer!
Some of the smallest children enjoying Christmas!
Some of the smallest children enjoying Christmas!
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Parents learning about Picaflor House
Parents learning about Picaflor House

We have recently reached a special milestone at Picaflor House, and with our 7-year anniversary also right around the corner, we have some exciting plans in store for the rest of this year and into the next and are looking forward to sharing our progress and plans with you…


A Year of Nutritious Lunches

We can hardly believe that it’s been a whole year since we started our Nutritional Lunch Programme at Picaflor House! Since its inception in October 2016, the children of Oropesa have been enjoying a varied, healthy, and filling lunch, Monday to Friday at Picaflor House, thanks to our generous supporters in Singapore. In fact, over the last year we have served approximately 8370 plates of food to 60 children between the ages of 3 and 14!

Not only have we filled a lot of empty stomachs, but we’ve also contributed to the nutritional well-being and learning of these children. Learning on an empty tummy is never fun and staff have seen an improvement in overall attendance at Picaflor House.

In addition to brighter, healthier children, staff at Picaflor have also noticed an increase in attendance and responsible attitudes as children eagerly come to receive lunch and are responsible with keeping their classrooms tidy and plates clean after lunch.

A New Park and Other Plans

We have many plans in store for the coming months and we’re excited to be able to share some with you. We hope that you’ll be able to help us achieve our goals in helping the children of Oropesa gain a well-rounded and better education, whilst enjoying their afternoons with us in a happy and safe environment.

One of the biggest, physical changes soon to come at Picaflor House is the renovation of our play park. The children love playing on the swings, slide and climbing frame before classes start, however we are now faced with the challenge of old equipment that is getting worn down and is breaking. Thanks to the kindness of a friend of Picaflor House in Cusco, we are soon going to be re-doing our park with a brand new, wooden climbing frame (which will be durable to the Cusco elements); new metal climbing frames and the renovation of our swings and see-saws (teeter totters). We can’t wait to see the look on the children’s faces when they see their new play area!

At Picaflor House we like to keep in touch with the wider community and make sure to regularly check in with the children’s parents. Earlier in the year we held an Achievement Day and invited parents to come to Picaflor House for the afternoon where each member of staff shared their children’s work and spoke to them about what progress had been made during the first part of the year. For the end of the year we are planning two activities to celebrate Picaflor House and the children with which we work!

In December, Picaflor House will be celebrating its 7th anniversary; having started with just five children in a classroom at the local school, we are very proud that today to work with 60 children in a space that has five classrooms, a kitchen, an office/store room, and a large, grassy play area. To celebrate the successes of Picaflor House we shall be holding a traditional Peruvian cook-out for the children, their parents, and other friends of Picaflor House.

As always, this Christmas we will be celebrating the holidays with the children and staff of Picaflor House. Christmas is an important holiday in Peru and for many of the children at Picaflor, our party is their only chance to celebrate. With traditional hot chocolate and paneton (a sweet, fruity bread), the children always look forward to this special day!

Thank you for reading and of course 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!


Until next time, Laura, the staff and all the children at Picaflor House.

Enjoying Lunch
Enjoying Lunch
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Enjoying lunch after the Mini Mountain Challenge
Enjoying lunch after the Mini Mountain Challenge

There is so much going on at Picaflor House right now, it's hard to pick which highlights to share with you - the people that make it all possible. But we've done our best and hope you enjoy reading about the progress being made by everyone in Oropesa...

A big welcome to our new English Teacher.

This month we are happy to welcome our new English teacher to the big Picaflor House Family. Californian Bradley is replacing Lynn who has left us after a year in which she helped the children make huge steps in English and created a wonderful curriculum for Bradley to pick up and run with! Not only do the children have traditional English lessons but we also try to integrate English language across other subjects too such as art, science and music.

English is a really important skill for young people in the Cusco region as international tourism and hospitality are such important industries here. Employers in many other sectors also look for candidates who can speak a foreign language so we are helping to give our children a head start. English is also a subject where it is hard for parents to help out as many of them speak Quechua as their first language, and only have Spanish as their second language. English is literally alien to them!

Bradley has experience of teaching English in Cusco and in Puno, high up in the Andes on the shores of Lake Titicaca and is ready to work his magic with the enthusiastic kids at Picaflor. He will be with us for at least a year thanks to a grant from the UK based Latin American Travel Association Foundation.

And a big welcome back to Durham University!

In July we were also delighted to welcome nine student volunteers from Durham University in the UK for what was their fourth annual visit to Picaflor House.

As well as undertaking various duties in the classroom, art room, kindergarten and playground, the Durham volunteers worked hard with our local staff on brightening up Picaflor House so that the children have a pleasant environment in which to work and play. This year the work included redecorating the kindergarten class, painting a fabulous mural outside featuring mountains and a lake (inspired by their  trip to Lake Titicaca), and painting lovely flowers along the side of the outside staircase.

But perhaps the biggest hit with the children were the sports workshops run by the Durham volunteers where they coached the kids in football (which obviously needed no introduction, this is South America after all) and in rugby, which none of the children had even heard of! They absolutely loved playing rugby, even if our sports field is a little on the rough side! 

In return, the Picaflor kids taught the Durham students some new moves in our traditional dance classes and to mark the end of their stay with us, the children donned costumes and presented a traditional dance show. Traditional dance is another of the core subjects we teach at Picaflor House as a way of maintaining the local culture and helping the children to feel justifiably proud of their heritage. 

Please visit our parent charity Globalteer's website if you are interested in volunteering at Picaflor House.

The Mini Mountain Challenge

August 3rd was a very special day for everyone at Picaflor House - teachers, volunteers and of course the children! As part of our annual fundraising push we all took part in the first ever Picaflor Mini Mountain Challenge, a sponsored hike and climb in the mountains above Cusco. Of course all the children had to get written permission from their parents to take part, but they were super keen - maybe because the walk ended up at Picaflor Director Jim's children's adventure park where everyone enjoyed playing on the swings, slides and zip lines, as well as tucking into a tasty lunch of "salchipapas"!

For many of the kids it was one of the few occasions they get to leave the village of Oropesa so getting the bus into the "big city" of Cusco where the hike started was a treat in itself!

The hike climbed the side of Huayna Pikol, one of Cusco's most distinctive mountains, and enjoyed some amazing views before descending to the adventure park and a fun time was had by all! So far we have raised just over £500 (about $650) in sponsorship which is a great start, but we'd love to get to £1,000 if we can as that would really help us to meet some of our unavoidable running costs. All donations by UK and US tax payers through GlobalGiving are tax efficient too. To donate just click on the donate link - it's a really quick and efficient way to help our fantastic kids to have the future they deserve!

Thank you for reading and of course thank you for your invaluable support.

Laura, the staff and all the children at Picaflor House.

Our New English Teacher with some of his students
Our New English Teacher with some of his students
All dressed up for traditional dance show
All dressed up for traditional dance show
Durham Uni volunteers decorating the Kindergarten
Durham Uni volunteers decorating the Kindergarten
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