Project information

The Recreational Minibus – Villa Maria

To give children and young people in Villa Maria del Triunfo (Lima, Peru) the opportunity to participate in cultural and recreational activities by bringing a diverse programme of events into the heart of their own communities; thereby encouraging them to lead a healthy, drug-free life.

Providing we receive sufficient funds this project should commence no later than July 2016. We are requesting funding for the initial first year costs, however the ultimate aim is that it will form part of our ongoing programme of community work.

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  • Need


    Daily life in Villa Maria is tough and families are constantly struggling to make ends meet. With their parents forced to work long hours, many children receive little parental supervision. A lack of access to public facilities (e.g. cultural and recreational centres) and entertaining activities means boredom soon sets in. With little else to do these children become vulnerable to the risks of drugs and crime, ending up as targets for criminals and in trouble with the law.


    We plan to implement a travelling programme of cultural and recreational activities, using our recreational minibus as a mobile centre for learning and entertainment. By taking these activities into different communities we will promote culture and learning, and provide a wholesome and productive way for children to spend their free time. This project is designed to be a preventative measure to combat the social issues that afflict the area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Implement our travelling programme of cultural and recreational activities (2 session per month).


    » Purchase the minibus.
    » Purchase the materials needed for the cultural and recreational activities (e.g. puppets, books, games etc.).
    » Take our recreational minibus to different communities, offering a diverse programme of free activities for local children.
    » Provide activities such as reading, theatre, puppetry, educational games, sports, art and crafts.

    Success will putting on 24 sessions in the first year, in at least 10 different communities, and having at least 20 children attend each session.

    Aim 2

    Expand the reach of our current programme of community activities.


    » The recreational minibus will enable us to transport our current programme of activities to new and more deprived areas.
    » Expand the reach of our mobile cinema project, enabling more children, young people and their families to see the latest films.
    » Expand the reach of our Saturday Fairs, enabling more children to participate in a variety of fun fairground games.
    » Expand the reach of our Family Sunday shows, providing an entertaining and diverse children’s show for the whole family.

    Success will be doubling the number of communities that we currently provide activities in.

  • Impact


    By giving children a focus for their free time we will help reduce the risk of them falling into the temptations of gangs, drugs & crime; thereby giving them a better start in life. The project will also advocate bond-building & community cohesion by bringing together disparate groups of children & parents who would not ordinarily socialise together.

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of children attending, communities visited, participant feedback questionnaires & a community survey.


    Ideally we would like to purchase a new minibus, however there is a risk that we may not raise sufficient funds for this. To mitigate this we have drafted a second budget, which will allow us to carry out the project with a second-hand vehicle instead of a new one. Although this will not be as beneficial for the project in the long-term (it is likely to require more maintenance and have a shorter life) it will enable us to go ahead as planned.


    All donors will receive a progress report after the first year. This will focus on the location of communities visited, the number of children participating, the activities carried out and project finances.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,251

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,040 New minibus Purchase the recreational minibus that will become our mobile centre for learning and entertainment.
      £2,720 Activity materials Including puppets, games, books, magazines etc.
      £2,606 Project Staff Project Manager (1 day/week over 1 year) & 2 Activity Coordinators (24 sessions over 1 year)
      £1,885 UK support costs Project monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Background


    The Peruvian shanty town of Villa Maria del Triunfo sprawls across three desert valleys on the outskirts of Lima and is home to over 378,000 people, with a population density of 5,363/km². The area was first settled in at the beginning of the 1960s by rural migrants seeking a better life in the city. The reality however is often quite the opposite: overcrowding, a lack of formal infrastructure and high competition for jobs means that many of its inhabitants live below the poverty line.


    The direct beneficiaries of this project will be the children and young people who attend our events and participate in our activities. They will come from numerous communities in Villa Maria and since we will have our own form of transport we will be able to reach the newest, least developed communities, where the need for our work is the greatest.

    The project will also indirectly benefit the other members of the communities we work with.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working in Villa Maria since 1998. As well as putting on a programme of recreational activities for children, we also run a thriving pre- and primary school and support vulnerable families with housing. Our long established relationship with the numerous communities in Villa Maria, and the continuous dialogue with full-time Project Manager and Project Founder Alejandro, means that we have the knowledge and experience to run this project successfully.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alejandro Menendez

    Is the Project Founder and Project Manager. He is highly respected within the community and his passion and skills have been vital in our success.

    Jonathan Cassidy

    Jon is our Operations Manager, and has a long-standing personal connection to Villa Maria, having worked there for many years on the project.

    Emily Jesshope

    Emily is our part-time Fundraising & Communications Officer; she has in-depth and first-hand knowledge of the project and its aims.

Getting ready for their afternoon swimming session

Getting ready for their afternoon swimming session


The cost of putting on 1 Family Sunday Show