Built in the grounds of an Orphanage for Young Girls aged 5-18 years, the functioning of this Bakery is aimed at fostering self-belief and providing training for 85 young girls so that they may become young businesswomen. In this way we are challenging ‘machismo’ and gender stereotypes and providing a route out of poverty. Thanks to our North East England business sponsors who made this possible.
Raising Aspirations Creating Opportunities
These Mosquito nets help not only the river communities but also those involved making and distributing them. A group of ladies and young girls who sew the mosquito nets gain a small wage which they employ to feed, clothe and educate their children. Working with local priests, nuns and pastors, we distribute these nets along the Amazon’s rivers and around the poorest barrios. Each year we make and distribute up to 5,000 mosquito nets.
We are delighted by the opportunities provided by our volunteer medical interns . Over the years students have come from several UK universities and have carried out medical checks on hundreds of children and elderly people in Peru. Common illnesses are eye infections, arthritic pain, stomach illnesses, dermatological issues, headaches and fevers, bronchial and respiratory problems. We are always happy to receive medical students or volunteer doctors.
PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL
From 2017 to 2020 we built a joint primary and secondary school in a very tough barrio. It has 17 classrooms, a library area, a kitchen and separate toilet blocks for male and female students at primary and secondary level. There is a staff room and headteacher's office with toilet facilities for staff and visitors and storage for books and sports equipment. Water is supplied by an artesian well and pump. All this is thanks to our generous donors and volunteers.
SKILL TRAINING CENTRE
During 2015 we hope to build and implement a Young People’s Skill Training Centre in the barrio of Bellavista, Nanay, This will teach computer skills, English, carpentry, soldering, sewing, beautician’s courses, music and art. Volunteer teachers both Peruvian and from the UK will staff this Centre. We aim to help local youngsters raise their aspirations and create employment opportunities for them.
SOLIDARITY FOOD PARCELS
During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been distributing solidarity food parcels to families in remote Amazon jungle villages and to vulnerable families and the elderly in barrios. We have also supported food kitchens run by religious organizations and neighbourhood groups. Using a network of local Peruvian volunteers we have managed to reach indigenous tribal peoples too with vital food supplies.