Project Peru activities for schools in the UK

Looking out for something for the next school year?

We have held many "Peru Days" in schools...or schools have 'adopted' us for a term or a year, or have linked Peru to a programme of activities in the national curriculum, or have just held a 'one-off' charity day in support of us. Such awareness raising sessions have been held in a variety of schools, and can be tailored to specific needs. Some geographical constraints will apply but, please, for more information, see http://projectperu.org.uk/uk-activities/schools.htm

Ask us about our sessions, particularly at primary level, including a workshop 'El Nuevo Mundo' 

Contact information@projectperu.org.uk

Posted on 01 July 2017 and filed under Opportunities, Events

Project Peru: a short video about aspects of life in our refuge

See https://youtu.be/eYhdBmySgac

This video [about 4 minutes long, with its commentary in Spanish with English sub-titles] was made by the Intrepid Foundation to be shared by its tour leaders and groups visiting Peru: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org

Project Peru is one of the projects it supports on a regular basis. If you look at this link http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/project-peru/ and make a donation on-line the Intrepid Foundation will match that donation dollar for dollar.  [Australian]

Some comments about the film:

"I think the video is fantastic. It gives a really good flavour of life at the refuge as well as the ethos and philosophy behind it. You are right, focusing on the positives of what Project Peru is doing in the lives of these children is a refreshing approach to a charity video. Focusing on what can be achieved through truly caring for these children and giving them back their childhood, which in turn will give them the strength to face adulthood and all the challenges that will bring, presents the key philosophies on which Poject Peru is founded. Well done to you all."

"I absolutely loved the video link of the children at the refuge. It is fantastic...Those children...they just look like they have amazing characters and it was lovely to look at their daily lives."

Some photos taken during the making of the film:

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Posted on 29 June 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Two more houses built for flood victims

In May and June 2017 Project Peru was able to go twice to Paramonga north of our refuge and with two teams of staff, volunteers, family members with local people we were able to complete two simple new houses for people who had lost everything. This sort of community work is only possible for us after generous donations. Do look back at our News items in April to see more on the floods and our reponse.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Building a house for flood victims

 

 Thanks to some more generous donations we have been able to build a small wooden house for a family of the Peruvian flood victims in March. A small team of staff members, family members and one of our volunteers completed this in a few days. We are planning on completing another one soon.

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Posted on 26 June 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Trek the Inca Trail for Project Peru

If you are planning to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or one of the other recommended treks such as the Salkantay trek or the Lares trek why not try to raise some funds through sponsorship to support Peruvian children and to help us with our work in Peru? See more about it on http://projectperu.org.uk/our-work/trekking-past-poverty.htm 

Even if you've already done it and would like to make a donation or get involved in some other way do contact us: gracias!

And if you haven't made your plans yet, do speak to us first.

Email information@projectperu.org.uk

Travel to Peru

Walk the Inca Trail for charity

Posted on 09 June 2017 and filed under Opportunities, Events, News from Peru

A career break? Just retiring? Just a break? Volunteer in Peru?

We can arrange tailored volunteer placements in our project in Peru for volunteers of all ages and are looking for volunteers at any time during the latter part of 2017 and in 2018. We can be quite flexible, so just enquire and we can discuss it with you! There is a whole range of activities that volunteers may be engaged in, and the more varied the skills that a volunteer can offer the better. Many volunteers also raise sponsorship money for us by doing the Inca Trail. You might do  some work in our garden? or in our library? teach English? learn Spanish? art? music? sports? computers? building? sewing? help look after our children?

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Posted on 09 June 2017 and filed under Opportunities

Guildford Festival Craft Market: Summer 2017

Friday 7th July to Saturday 15th July

Guildford High Street

 

Please view our page on Craft Stalls here

Map Of High Street Guildford 

We are looking for opportunities to find good new venues for our craft sales and we would be delighted to hear from you. We welcome new outlets for our crafts and within limitations we are able to supply stock to individuals known to us who want to have sales at home or in other locations, so please feel free to enquire via information@projectperu.org.uk or ring 01483 576093




Posted on 07 June 2017 and filed under Events, Recent Events, Craft Stalls

Our fundraising event_Alice Holt Forest Sponsored Cycle or Stroll on Sunday May 21st 2017

If you just couldn't come along you could still make a donation on https://www.charitychoice.co.uk/project-peru-5466/donate

Raising funds to support our work, Project Peru’s sponsored bike ride and stroll is for everyone including children and families. It follows the 'Family Cycle Trail' or a number of other trails that go through the Forestry Commission's Alice Holt Forest near Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LS. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/aliceholt ; and you don't have to cycle

... you can walk it, walk the dogs, push the pram, jog it ... it really is for everyone! Or hire a bike if you want to?

This is an annual event. You go at your own pace. Enjoy an all-day picnic.

http://projectperu.org.uk/uk-activities/sponsored-events/alice-holt-sponsored-cycle-or-stroll-for-children-and-families---2011.htm 

Photos of past events.

Map: GU10 4LS Alice Holt Forest Park, Nr Farnham, Surrey    Sat Nav ref decimal degrees.     51.169305, -0.840999 

(The Education Centre is near the entrance to the Car Park that goes towards 'Go Ape'.)

Posted on 21 May 2017 and filed under Events, Recent Events

We do our best to be self sufficient

We do our best to be self sufficient but we have many mouths to feed!

One of our most popular and successful crops in our kitchen garden is yuca.

This is a crop that originated in the Americas but is now grown mostly in Africa where it is also known as cassava, manioc or arrowroot. It is used among other things to make delicious yuca chips, flour and tapioca. Its tuberous root is an important world source of carbohydrates and is gluten free, though it does contain  arsenic.

The children at the refuge are always keen to join in the yuca harvest!

Also see http://projectperu.org.uk/about-peru/flora.htm

and http://projectperu.org.uk/our-work/a-secret-garden-in-the-shanty-towns.htm

Posted on 28 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Flooding in the desert

To make a donation please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/projectperu; we will ensure that any such donation goes to help flood victims. Without the additional funds we may not be able to do this.

As usual it is the most vulnerable and the most marginalised who are the most affected.

In March 2017 there has been massive flooding from the rivers in the Peruvian coastal desert from north to south due to excessive rain in the sierra. The sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Peru caused the deadliest downpours in a decade. The flooding is expected to continue for several more weeks. Peru's devastating crisis has led to at least 85 deaths and more than 13,000 people homes have collapsed with a further 14,000 currently uninhabitable. 195 bridges have collapsed and 2000 miles of roads destroyed. [estimated figures as at 26.3.17]. Landslides contaminated water treatment plants leaving parts of Lima without drinking water. Schools have been closed. Roads being cut off by landslides have caused scarcities of food and unsustainable price rises.

https://www.peruthisweek.com/news-perus-situation-through-images-111426

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=r6WdGaVY9oM

At short notice and in response to the state of emergency everyone in our Project Peru refuge contributed to load a car with water, food, toys for the children, clothes and more, which they took to Huarmey, in the Ancash region north of Lima, which was badly affected and had had very little help.

http://efe.com/efe/english/life/peruvian-town-of huarmey-enduring-heavy-flooding/50000263-3215847

Luckily our own refuge is not near a river and we had taken precautions two years ago to prevent any major damage to our own buildings, particularly our dining room, and to some of the buildings in the shanty-towns near us:

http://projectperu.org.uk/news/2014/12/10/el-nino-2014.htm

http://projectperu.org.uk/news/2015/02/16/a-rain-proof-roof.htm

Posted on 22 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru