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
Picaflor students never waste a moment to learn!
Picaflor students never waste a moment to learn!

One of the most important aspects of Picaflor House is that it provides local students with educational opportunities that they would otherwise not be able to access. This is particularly vital since a good educational foundation gives children a better chance at achieving what they want in life - a well paid job, regular income and financial security for themselves and their extended families.

So we are thrilled to be reporting on two exiting ways in which Picaflor House is providing diverse educational opportunities to the children of Oropesa, as well as a wonderful success story from one of our students!

New English language programme grant

In our last report, we talked about our English programme redesign plans. We are very happy to announce that we have been awarded funding by LATA (Latin American Travel Association) to start our revamped English programme this year! This funding will allow us to buy new English teaching supplies, including teaching material, work books, CDs, DVD player, new TV and laptop, and to hire a native English speaking intern to help with the development and implementation of the programme.

The quality of English teaching in public schools in Peru is very low, and without Picaflor House, local children would never be able to achieve a reasonable level of English. This grant and new English programme will therefore significantly help the children in the future as English is highly regarded by local employers due to the thriving tourism industry.

Planting seeds for the future

Not only do our Picaflor House volunteers assist with the day-to-day running of the project, but we also encourage volunteers to use their skills and expertise to impact the project in a broader way, and to provide the children with new educational experiences.

This was certainly the case for Richard, a recent six week volunteer from Wales who has a background in gardening.

Richard purchased a range of plants, including herbs, fruit trees, sunflowers and bushes, and taught the children how to plant trees and seeds, where to plant them, the importance of keeping plants watered and cared for, and the joy and benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables.

In a community where many families cannot afford the basics, helping the children to understand gardening gives them the early tools they need to take control of their nutrition and health. It also provides a range of benefits to a child’s development such as an increased interest in science and learning, and better overall interpersonal skills.

The children are now taking it in turns to water the plants every day, and are very enthusiastic about the fruits and herbs becoming ready to eat!

Picaflor student wins place at school for gifted children

Last, but certainly not least, we are very excited to announce that one of the first ever Picaflor House students has won a coveted place at a school for gifted children in Cusco. 14-year-old Maria (not her real name) has started at a new school set up by the Peruvian president to give gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to realise their full academic potential. This is something that normally is only a dream for children like Maria, and other the Picaflor House kids.

We wish her well and hope that she is just the first of many success stories for the children of Picaflor House and Oropesa.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors, and everyone at LATA, who have helped to make all of these success stories possible

English class at Picaflor House
English class at Picaflor House
Volunteer and gardening expert Richard
Volunteer and gardening expert Richard
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Enjoying the Christmas chocolatada
Enjoying the Christmas chocolatada

Although it only feels like a blink of an eye since we last wrote to you, Christmas decorations have long been put away, school has started again, the Cusco rainy season is nearing its end, and we are already nearly halfway through February with an exciting year ahead planned for Picaflor House. So we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the most recent Picaflor highlights, as well as what 2016 holds for Picaflor House and what your generous support is helping us to achieve in Oropesa!

Celebrating Christmas at Picaflor House

When we sent out our previous report, Picaflor House was in the middle of preparing for its annual end of year ‘chocolatada’, which is an important Christmas custom in Peruvian communities involving drinking spiced hot chocolate and eating panetón (sweet fruit loaf). We are happy to say that the event was a big success, with almost 80 children coming to the party. Much to their delight, Papá Noel (Father Christmas) even made an appearance with gifts in hand for each child! Since many families in Oropesa face significant social and economic disadvantages, this Picaflor House event is particularly special as it can be the only opportunity for some children to celebrate Christmas. A big thank you for everyone involved in this wonderful day!

Thank you for our fantastic Christmas fundraising campaign

It wasn’t just festivities at Picaflor House over the past few months, however, as we also ran our first ever Christmas fundraising campaign in November and December. Thanks to you and all of Picaflor’s passionate supporters, the campaign raised £3,600 ($5,400 USD) which will provide vital funding for classes, games, sports, arts and crafts, photography, traditional music and dance for the children in 2016. We also received lots of gifts of educational games, toys and classroom materials. Donors came from a whole spectrum of people – from past Globalteer staff, volunteers, businesses, anonymous donors, and new and old friends of Picaflor House all over the world. With each donor receiving a star on the Picaflor Christmas tree, it was certainly a sparkling affair and we are excited to put these funds into action throughout the year!

Onwards and upwards for Picaflor House’s English programme

One of the next exciting steps ahead for Picaflor House is the redesign of our English curriculum so that we are able to provide the best English language programme we can for the children of Oropesa. While Picaflor House offers a wide range of classes such as maths, hygiene, language, traditional dance and music, art, and sports, Picaflor House also provides English language classes, as well as access to English speaking staff and volunteers. English is an extremely useful resource in this part of Peru, and one that will be fundamental to the children’s futures since a great many jobs in Cusco require English due to the large amount of foreign tourists visiting the area. By having a higher level of English upon finishing school, the children will not only have a wider range of opportunities, but it will also help to break the cycle of poverty in Oropesa and other communities nearby.

The English language redevelopment will include new resources for English classes, such as workbooks, textbooks, flashcards, DVDs and CDs, as well as a new television and laptop for the English classroom. We are also planning to employ a native English-speaking intern to assist in classes and hold extra conversation classes for our most advanced students. We hope to be sharing some exciting news about funding of this initiative very soon!

As you can see, it has been a busy time here at Picaflor House, so thank you again for your support, and for helping the children of Oropesa have a better chance in life. Picaflor House relies entirely on donations and grants, and none of what we have achieved in the past few months, and what we have planned for the year ahead, would be possible without the support of generous donors like you.

Please help spread the word about our work by sharing this with your friends. Thank you!

Some of our donors' christmas decorations!
Some of our donors' christmas decorations!
Seasonal arts and crafts!
Seasonal arts and crafts!
Next up - new English teaching materials!
Next up - new English teaching materials!
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Picaflor kids enjoying Christmas hot chocolate
Picaflor kids enjoying Christmas hot chocolate

It may only be November but there is no escaping the fact that Christmas is just around the corner. In Cusco Christmas celebrations are a wonderful mix of old Andean traditions and the more familiar celebrations that arrived with the Spanish conquistadors and Catholicism in the 16th Century. Despite December 25th being right in the middle of the rainy season, nothing puts a dampener on celebrations for the exuberant Peruvians.

Christmas in the village

Less than an hour outside of Cusco is the village of Oropesa, home to Picaflor House, and even here everyone looks forward to Christmas too. Celebrations will not be as cosmopolitan or as glamorous as the street parades and huge markets in Cusco, but even a small scale celebration is a change from everyday life for the hard-working villagers.

For the children of Picaflor House, Christmas means one thing – Chocolate! Or to be more precise a ‘chocolatada’ - a traditional Christmas treat of mugs of delicious spiced hot chocolate and wedges of scrummy sweet panettone. The Picaflor House chocolatada is funded each year by one of our local business partners, Southern Crossings Tours to whom we are extremely grateful. Christmas without a chocolatada for the children of the project would be like Christmas without presents for children in the UK or Australia or the US.

There's more to life than study!

At Picaflor House it’s not just about academic classes, it’s also about allowing these disadvantaged children to enjoy being children which is why the project takes a holistic approach to our programme. Arts and crafts, games, sport, music and dance are as important as Maths, Spanish and English! And being able to enjoy Christmas like everyone else is important too.

We also teach about health and hygiene, including the importance of regular teeth cleaning - especially important after those sweet Christmas treats - and thanks to one generous donor every child at Picaflor House receives a piece of fresh fruit every day.

We thank all our supporters who make it possible for us to give so much to the fantastic children of Picaflor House, all year round. Please help spread the word about our work by sharing this with your friends. Thank you!

Chocolate and gifts at Picaflor House in 2014
Chocolate and gifts at Picaflor House in 2014
Lining up for cake, hot chocolate and gifts!
Lining up for cake, hot chocolate and gifts!
Excitement is brewing!
Excitement is brewing!

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