Annual Report 2005
Our primary mission:
bringing education to children too poor, abandoned or abused
to be able to attend school - BrucePeru-SOSPeru
By the end of 2005, more than one thousand children had entered one of our
22 schools. Many of them we have successfully prepared, registered and sponsored
in state or parochial schools: and they are now completing their education. All
the children who enter our programme are not in school when we find them, they
will have very little prospect of ever becoming educated if we do not intervene.
At-risk pregnant adolescents - chukachuka
Thirty five babies were born to the at-risk adolescent girls in our Delicias program
during 2005. All 35 have remained with their mothers, and with our help are being
raised in as stable an environment as circumstances permit. [This is 17 fewer
orphans than the world average for adolescent rape victims: 50% of whom abandon
their babies at birth.]
Abandoned Mothers - motherscorps
We helped some of our very-poor-but-community-spirited abandoned mothers
to empower themselves by taking responsibility for their own communities. Under
our sponsorship they formed "Mothers Corps".
How we advanced our primary mission in the six Peruvian cities
where we operated in 2005.
de La Libertad - City of Trujillo: Where we maintain our national & regional
headquarters; 10 children's centres, a centre for at-risk pregnant adolescents
(plus a language academy and 2 volunteer residences) - We moved our headquarters
and opened a second residence facility for the growing number of volunteers required
to tend the ever increasing number of our little schools in the Trujillo area.
This year we operated a pilot project (in co-operation with the Ministry of Education)
in public school No. 82071 (in Las Palmeras). The school gave us the use of one
of iuts class rooms and we employed one or their reserve teachers for our children
- who aged from 8 to 12 . Many were illiterate, none were in school when they
came to us. Two of our international volunteers worked with the Peruvian teacher
to attempt to bring the children up to the educational level of children their
ages who had been attending school all along. Within 6 months, the Director of
the State School examined our children and determined that all 27 of them were
ready to enter the classes pertaining to their age. We continued to employ the
teacher and assist the children. By year's end all but two succeeded in advancing
to the next grade level. We and the State School considered the result of this
pilot project to be an unreserved success. When the term break began - mid December
- the Director of State School No. 82071 went with our staff to Lima and elsewhere
to announce to school directors in the other cities where we work: the success
of our programme in his school. This has led to our being invited to move our
projects from our own little schools into State and Parochial schools wherever
we work in Peru.
We suspended our project in Malabrigo (Puerto Chicama)
an hour north of Trujillo in 2005. The Municipality and local school authorities
remained adamant that there are no children in Malibrigo not attending school.
We did however send help to the little village of Motil, three hours
up the mountain to the east of Trujillo, where a priest is working alone to educate
more than 100 children..
Web Pages: Trujillo, Puerto
Chicama, Cero Pesqueda,
Las Palmeras, Las
Departamento de Lima - Where
we maintain a regional headquarters, 4 children's centres (plus language academy
and volunteer residence) - With help from our friends at Kinder Zon we introduced
our programme to Lima, home of nearly half of Peru's out-of-school children. With
the generous and tireless help of some of our most dedicated volunteers, we manage
to get 4 children's centres open within a short time. Our staff of Peruvian professionals
(teachers, Social workers and a Psychologist) plus our merry band of volunteers
went daily to teach, love and care for some of the toughest, most abandoned and
abused children in Peru - one of our little schools was a two hour bus ride from
our centre. Operating in Lima proved to be both more difficult and expensive than
we had estimated when doing our initial research. And due to the highly politicised
nature of Lima's population of poor, we were obliged to move two of our schools
to new locations: where there were more welcoming families. But through it all
we managed to keep the same children and continued to gather more. Between the
April intake, those we gathered during the school year; and the December intake
we brought a total of 203 unschooled children into our Lima centres: and by year's
end we were welcome to operate our programme within the facilities of the Ministry
of Education. Our first year in Lima proved to be a very hard won victory, and
all the sweeter for it. We now feel confident of our ability to go on to reach
out to more and more of Lima's out-of-school children.
Pages: Lima, San
Sebastian, Las Americas
Provencia de Ancash –
Where we maintain a regional headquarters in Huaraz, 2 children's centres (plus
a language academy and volunteer residence) - We continued the work of our third
oldest regional centre, bringing children into our facility to feed, teach and
generally help them. In July we opened our first satellite children's centre there
in the Shancayan barrio; and by year's end we were ready to begin moving our programme
into facilities provided by the Ministry of Education. Throughout 2005 Huaraz
continued to attract some of our kindest most generous volunteers.
Web Page: Huaraz
Provencia de Cajamarca
- Where we maintain a regional
headquarters, 1 children's centre (work with an orphanage and a parochial street
kid's centre - plus operate a language academy and volunteer residence) - In early
2005, having only a few months earlier turned our original project over to a group
of ex volunteers - who agreed to operate the model we left in their hands - we
realised we had made a mistake, the terms were not being applied; and so we set
about to bring back to Cajamarca a project for out-of-school children. To this
end we worked on and off with the Hijas de Caridad, who serve up to 100 street
children. In October we were able to acquire our own location. We sent a social
worker from Trujillo to begin searching in the barrios and byways for out-of-school
children. By year's end we had gathered 20 such children and had secured facilities
in a Ministry of Education building where we would teach them. We also help the
local girl's orphanage three afternoons per week , and continue to assist the
Hijas de Caridad
Web Pages: Cajamarca,
Provencia de Cuzco
- Where we maintain a regional headquarters, 3 children's centres (plus a language
academy and volunteer residence) - The end of December completed our first year
in Cusco. The original team of volunteers and staff set a high standard which
we knew would be difficult for subsequent volunteers to maintain. Of the three
original children's centres each has changed location at least once. We are now
looking forward to being able to move our projects into state schools - as we
are doing all over Peru - where pressures from politicians and factions will not
be able to effect on our work for the children..
Web Pages: Cusco,
San Sebastian, Santiago.
Lambayeque - Where we maintain a regional headquarters in the city of Chiclayo;
2 children's centres - one in Chiclayo and one in little city of Lambayeque (plus
operate a language academy and maintain a volunteer residence) - We opened our
Chiclayo project in June with lots of help from an enthusiastic band of volunteers.
Within a short time we had three little schools operating happily; and it looked
as if this city (which is roughly the same size as Trujillo) would permit us to
reach lots of very poor children, as we do in Trujillo. But then the positive
volunteers completed their terms, and we soon had to consolidate two of the schools.
We have recently been accepted to work withing Ministry of Education facilities,
and again have positive volunteers: and so are looking forward to even better
results from Chiclayo & Lambayeque in 2006.. Web
Pages: Chiclayo, Casa
How we advanced in other
ways during 2005:
Shelter for abandoned, pregnant adolescents –
In 2005 we continued construction on the Delicias Shelter (though not to the extent
we had hoped); by year's end we had managed to complete approximately 60% of the
facility. Note: This construction project has progressed slowly because, in spite
of having received two separate unsolicited offers to donate the cost of building
the shelter: no donations materialised. We have therefore progressed with the
meagre funds we could manage on our own.: see Child
An additional setback in 2005 was that the community surrounding
the shelter, Taquila II, Las Delicias, experienced a serious crime wave during
2005. In spite of shelter's sereem location - on a beautiful unspoiled Pacific
beach; its structures were used to conceal carjackers, and its high walls were
breached by robbers. For the second half of 2005 we were forced to reduce the
work force and maintain an armed guard with dogs in residence. We are hoping the
crime wave will be brought to an end in 2006, so we can get on with the project.
of International volunteers – During the year, with help from Agenda SOS International,
we received more than 180 international volunteers from 20 countries.
The founding of Mother's Corps - (Cuerpo de Madres) came into being when
a group of volunteers from Bruce Peru, working to educate the poorest children
in our Andean communities found our work hampered by the poor attendence of some
children whose parents simply went off and left them alone to fend for themselves,
or when children were battered and could not attend; young girls raped. So we
turned to the leading mothers in the communities where we work, asked them if
they would accept some responsibility for the welfare of families in their communities,
especially the most vulnerable children.: if we would give them as much support
as possible. The more dynamic and responsible of these mothers are now in leadership
rolls in the growing Mothers Corps (Cuerpo de Madres).
Academies for poor people. We opened new language academies in Cusco, Lima
and Chiclayo Web Page: Language
Panama and Ecuador –
We again sent representatives to these countries to co-operate with existing children’s
projects and to look into the possibility of opening our own centres there, we
have decided to take our mission to these countries in early 2006. Panama.
Plans for 2006
Peru: We hope to be able to
open our programme in three new Peruvian cities. We intend to move as many of
our sattelite children's centres from their present
locations into facilities of the Ministry of Education as quickly as possible.
In the coming year we will quickly open our satellite children’s centre in El
Milagro (in January 2006), and we plan to open several more satellite children’s
centres in the poorest communities in the Trujillo area. We will continue construction
on the Delicias shelter, and hope to have it ready to use by the end of 2006.
We will continue to open satellite centres in Cusco, will continue the Huaraz
centre as it is. In March we will register and buy uniforms for all our children
from all our children’s centres: who are ready to enter national schools (and
whose parents are unable to do the same).
We expect to reach more at-risk
pregnant teens than we did in 2005, and to increase the number of ways in which
we are able to help them.
want to further support the project we started in 2005: "Mothers
Corps " , empowering poor single mothers in their communities- including
opening a microfinancing facility and entrepreneurship training for them.
International: Our objective for the year 2006 outside of Peru will be
to open centres in Quito and Panama, and begin opening satellite children’s centres
in barrios of these cities.
expect to recruit over 200 interntional volunteers in the year 2006.
Our estimated financial requirements
for 2006 – Our operating cost is currenty running at $12,000 to $15,000 per
month. Be believe we can cover this amount by the following means: tuitions from
our language academies (including English and French for Nationals, and new Spanish
courses for Foreigners); plus direct payments from Agenda SOS Intewrnational Inc,
our founder and friends.