Project Peru's Christmas Appeal 2015


Enjoy wonderful celebrations but…please don’t forget to support our Christmas Appeal go to make a donation, and then see other News pages to see what we can do with your support.

Your donation would ensure that the children living in our refuge can once again go out and share food and fun, hot chocolate and panetones, music and dancing, with other families in the shanty town communities that surround our refuge. We would be so happy if thanks to you our children will also be able to welcome a group of older people living in increasing poverty locally to enjoy a day out with the Project Peru family in our refuge, and share our Christmas entertainment. This Christmas time too we will be taking warm clothing and blankets to communities isolated in the high Andes.

 For more on our Christmas activities last year see here:

Your donation will bring a smile to the faces of the children and joy to everyone in our refuge and to the local shanty town community this Christmas.

Your ongoing generosity is vital and means that we can go on offering food clothes, education, shelter, health and fun all year long to children from extreme poverty living in our refuge and beyond, throughout the year.

Enjoy fabulous celebrations! Thank you-gracias!

If you can make a donation please send us a gift aided cheque or pay online via

Posted on 03 December 2015 and filed under Opportunities, News from Peru

Panetones in Peru at Christmas

Italian immigrants to South America brought this special cake with them, and it has become a favourite part of the Christmas celebration throughout Latin America, traditionally enjoyed with hot chocolate on Christmas

It is an important part of our activities in and around the refuge at Christmas time; see

Panettone in Italian [called 'panetón’, ‘panetones’ or sometimes just ‘pan dulce’ in Spanish] is a yeasted brioche bread, flavoured with citrus, studded with dried fruits and nuts, and baked in a decorative round paper mold.


Posted on 03 December 2015 and filed under Catering, News from Peru

Our library- broadening our horizons

The Rural Libraries of Cajamarca (Las Bibliotecas Rurales de Cajamarca).

In 2015 our librarian, our director and one of our volunteers visited this project and, apart from seeing how they work, we were able to buy some of their own publications for our library at the refuge. The Rural Libraries have been responsible for publishing more than 130 different books on a variety of practical subjects including farming, weaving and hat making, all to help to keep local indigenous skills alive, and have transcribed traditional tales from the past into stories that are then retold by the children and adults who are learning to read, thus helping to keep a record of traditional tales from the mountains.

This is a unique library, a community based organisation in the Andes run entirely by volunteers, which loans and transports books across the mountains to the indigenous population, bringing education, literacy, equality and the love of books to isolated communities within the area. The project, like ours also has roots in, and much of its support from, the UK. See

...We would always welcome new Spanish language books for our library at the Project Peru refuge, suitable for children and adolescents too.

To see how our library has developed from the start see .

We would welcome enquiries from potential volunteers with experience of working with children in libraries. 


Posted on 02 December 2015 and filed under Opportunities, News from Peru

Many mouths to feed


We have substantial numbers of our own children and staff to feed.


We try to increase our self sufficiency through our kitchen garden. See

We use the local market. You can read one of our volunteer’s memories of our local market where we go every week

When we can we distribute donated supplies among people living in extreme poverty near us, particularly at Christmas-time.

You can help us to do this! SO … whenever  you do your shopping online do remember to donate AT NO COST TO YOURSELF via or via

Posted on 02 December 2015 and filed under Catering, News from Peru

Project Peru donating goods in the sierra

One of our regular activities involves the distribution of donated goods beyond the refuge, and in May 2015 a group including staff and volunteers made a trip to the province of Ayacucho in the central Andes, principally to make donations of clothes, shoes and knitted items. These were mostly goods donated in the UK, shipped to Peru and donated in a small isolated community of about 100 people, and to children in Ayacucho.


Posted on 01 December 2015 and filed under News from Peru