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Project information

Education for vulnerable young people in Peru

For some children and young people in Peru, access to education is very difficult. We aim to fund education for 58 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in 2016, as going to school will provide them with better opportunities and ultimately empower them to build a better future for themselves.

March 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Latin American Foundation for the Future

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  • Need


    For the young people we support, access to education can be difficult for a variety of reasons:
    Living in remote rural areas and their families cannot afford school enrollment fees.
    Some are teenage mothers who cannot go to public school because of discrimination.
    Others are hosted in shelters as the result of abuse or abandonment by their families, and the shelters lack funding to finance education.
    Without any education, these children and young people can easily fall out of the social system.


    LAFF supports local organisations who address these issues in accessing education: Sacred Valley Project is a dormitory that enables rural girls to go to school; Casa Mantay cares for teenage mothers; Azul Wasi shelters former street boys. All provide the opportunity for the young people they support to go to school but this is a substantial cost to them and we aim to provide this financial support. Getting an education means they gain skills for later life and can break the cycle of poverty.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable young people at our partner organisations to have access to formal education.


    » We will provide the young people with the equipment they need, such as uniforms, books and materials, as well as paying enrolment and monthly fees.

    What success will look like

    Success will be all our young people attending school. Success is also having them avoid falling victim to the kinds of exploitation which can affect children who are not in school

    Aim 2

    Ensure the young people get the most out of school and put them on a level playing field with others


    » We will fund after-school tutors, who will help the young people catch up with their peers, as well as internet so they can fulfill homework tasks.

    What success will look like

    Success will be our young people improving their academic results from 2015 to 2016, and being able to go on to further education for the oldest ones when they finish school.

  • Impact


    The project will enable them to choose the path they want to pursue after school, have control over their future and thus become empowered young adults.
    We will therefore track their professional or academic path as they finish high school to ensure the project has been successful and share them with our community.
    Gaining an education should break the cycle of poverty so our beneficiaries' children have a better quality of life. The children of the teenage mothers will be examples of this.


    Our education project is not exposed to many risks, except for possible teachers' strikes affecting our beneficiaries' schools. In any case, we have not experienced strikes during recent years. However, the tutors that we fund should ensure that the young people still continue their education during periods of strikes.


    For institutional donors we will send a report showing the outputs and outcomes of their donation, with photos and quotes from the young people. Individual donors will receive our newsletters which will include photos of our beneficiaries and success stories. They can also follow us on social media.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,595

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,954 Enrolment and monthly fees Covering the enrolment and monthly fees of the 58 beneficiaries
      £1,838 Uniforms Providing the children and young people with the mandatory uniforms
      £2,919 Stationery, Books & Internet Providing the 58 children and young people with the necessary equipment to attend school
      £4,383 After school tutors Helping the beneficiaries with the homework to make the most out of school
      £1,501 Project Management All the necessary coordination for the implementation of the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Solihull School £2,000 Guaranteed
    Solihull School £3,640 Conditional
  • Background


    LAFF's mission is to work with partner organisations and support the beneficiaries in their care towards a better future. Today, LAFF works with 5 organisations, 4 of whom are located in the Cusco area.
    Cusco has a high rate of domestic violence, which can result in teenage pregnancies. It also has very remote communities which do not have secondary schools. Additionally, levels of alcoholism and poverty mean that some children are abandoned or choose to escape an abusive home.


    Our beneficiaries are those of 3 of our partners.
    Casa Mantay is an NGO which takes care of teenage mothers who have been victims of sexual abuse, as well as their babies.
    Sacred Valley Project provides access to education for girls from rural areas who would not otherwise be able to go to secondary school. The girls come from Quecha speaking indigenous communities.
    Azul Wasi takes in boys who have been living in poverty or been abandoned and gives them food and shelter and other basic rights.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LAFF has been active for more than 7 years and has worked in Peru and with our partner organisations for 5 years.
    We work as the link between knowledgeable organisations working on the ground in Peru and overseas funders willing to make a change. Because LAFF is also present in the field, we are able to ensure the funds we raise for our partner organisations are spent in the most effective way possible.
    LAFF is an experienced and recognized organisation true to its aims and values.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chiara Mingutti

    The International Partnerships Manager, Chiara supervises the implementation of our projects in Cusco and manages the relationship with our partners.

    Gabriela Scarafioca

    Director of the Sacred Valley Project, Gaby manages the dormitories in Ollantaytambo and Calca. Gaby supervises the girls' daily life and activities.

    Alcides Jordan

    Founder and director of Azul Wasi, Alcides runs the shelter. He is a father figure for the boys and ensures their education, health and wellbeing.

    Raquel Garcia Matias

    Raquel founded Casa Mantay 15 years ago and has been its director ever since. She runs the shelter, ensuring that every mother gets excellent care.

Sacred Valley Project girls with their stationery

Sacred Valley Project girls with their stationery

The most important in life is to study because then you learn

Alfredo, 9 years old