Education, support and extra-curricular activities

All the children who are resident in our refuge go to the El Dorado School, the neighbouring school - attending either for the morning or the afternoon sessions depending on their age. They are supported by Project Peru in the purchase or provision of educational materials, buying school uniforms and paying the obligatory annual matriculation fee for each child. This is a considerable expense at the start of each school year in March.


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Children at schoolWe give the children additional educational support by keeping links with their teachers through the house parents and committee members.

In other ways the project concentrates on providing supplementary education for those children resident at the refuge who go to the local school, providing them with encouragement  to read and study on their own at the refuge, and giving them extra support where necessary. We employ an educational support teacher to help the children after school with homework, and to fill in educational gaps etc. Click here for photos.

We also focus on advice for the future of our older children and continue to support many of them directly, after they leave school. 

We employ sessional teachers for sports, dance, music and other activities, and our staff  members offer sewing and cooking classes.

Our sewing room

We participate in a competitive football 'league' between all the children's homes in Lima [Lima Kids]. In November 2012 the Project Peru girls team [15-17 years] won the LIMA KIDS football competition and in 2013 and 2014 the younger girls team [12-14 years] won the cup, and in 2016 this group won the 15-17 Girls team cup.

Las niñas campeonaron, se llevaron la copa!



Our music groups practise regularly and are often invited to play at outside events. 


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Staff and volunteers work together to produce and design the costumes and decor for the annual Christmas entertainment including music and drama which involves all the children in activities appropriate to their age. The themes covered are plays with a nativity theme as well as drama with a modern social content, and traditional Peruvian themes and music. Parents and families and other invited guests come on this day, which has been an annual event since 2001. There is an extract from one of our plays in our film        


In general a number of volunteers both Peruvian and from abroad help to ensure constructive use of leisure and recreation activities for the children throughout the year. In 2007 we had a volunteer artist in residence who produced some exciting work with the children which led to her production of a small book about her work with us - 'El Nuevo Mundo'

Educational facilities at the refuge

As part of our radical building programme we now have not only larger class / homework /study rooms and a new library, but also a computer room, and we currently improvise by using some of our other facilities too. We also have rooms designated for sewing, music and English teaching.

We have also received a number of computers donated by education institutions and companies in the UK, and the children and staff are beginning to take full advantage of our new computer room.


Educational visits

We try to arrange appropriate educational visits in Lima and outings elsewhere if possible. At the end of February 2010, for the first time, our children and staff made a trip to Cusco-the journey of a lifetime. For years they have all watched volunteers going off to visit Machu Picchu. Unfortunately the trip, as originally planned, coincided with serious floods in the Cusco area, with the result that the visit was postponed for a few weeks. However, apart from the fact that Machu Picchu itself was still inaccessible due to the rail link being disrupted, the visit to Cusco, Ollantaytambo and the surrounding area was successfully completed, to the delight of both the children and the staff, none of whom had ever been to Cusco, let alone in a plane. At last they saw ‘their’ Cusco.