Empowering Children with, an Identity,an Education, a Future
The families helped by the Trust live in run down areas of Huancayo, in the shantytowns around the edge of the city, or in the villages along the valley. The housing is basic, cramped, with no proper sanitation or cooking facilities, and sometimes without doors or windows.
The children who live in these terrible conditions often cannot afford to attend school. Although education in Peru is free, children have to pay a registration fee and must wear a uniform. They also have to provide all their own stationery, equipment and books, including all text books.
Through a sponsorship scheme the Trust provides the means for all the children in each family to be educated to the end of their secondary schooling. It also funds their housing needs by providing roofing, doors and windows, furniture and bedding. Often the Trust workers have to work to obtain birth certificates for the children as many have not been registered at birth due to the cost and therefore are unable to access an education without identity.
In addition to the sponsorship scheme, we ensure the children can have fun. Most of the children have never celebrated their birthdays. The Trust organises bi-monthly birthday parties for the children. Christmas parties are also held each year, when the children can enjoy games, festive food and presents, with a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Family guidance, counselling and Christian teaching are an important part of our work.