In September I completed a bicycle ride across the United Kingdom from the bottom of Cornwall to the top of Scotland.
Originally I was planning to do this just for the sake of doing it, but so many people asked me what charity I was doing it for that I began to feel guilty!
Because I live in Lima and because my training took me through some of the poorer areas of this city, I realised that a small amount of money could make a lot of difference.
So I looked around for charities that were cost efficient and could make a big difference.
I came up with two and I will divide the money equally between both of them, unless you specifically want me to give the money to one or the other (let me know if you do). By donating today the money will come through to me and I will then give it directly to them.
These are Children of Lima and Help them Hope.Click Read more to find out more about their work.
Children of Lima was started by a Belgian family and have a number of projects they are funding, all of which will make a huge difference. These are centered around educational projects.
Help them Hope works by offering sponsorships to disabled youths here in Peru.
Children of Lima's work
Construction of wawawasis (day care centers)
- Day care centers are one of the foundations of any new community in the hills around Lima. They provide a safe environment and healthy food to the children, while allowing their parents to get a job. Day care centers are managed by ladies of the local community.
Construction of comedors (community kitchens)
- Community kitchens provide healthy meals to the people in need at minimal cost (or for free). They also ensure distribution of meals to the children in the day care centers. Community kitchens are managed by ladies of the local community.
Support of local schools
- Public education is free in Peru. Many schools however operate with a very small budget, sometimes less than USD 1,000 per year. With this money, they need to take care of school materials and infrastructure maintenance. Major reparations are often postponed, resulting in dangerous situations for the children and the school staff.
- Lima is based in a desert where it never rains. The hills around the city, where the pueblos jóvenes are located, are dry, rocky and sandy and not connected to the water provisioning network. Water trucks deliver water to small barrels, which is a risky and expensive endeavor. Families often spend 40 to 50% of their monthly income on water. We are investigating options to capture water from the fog as well as providing larger water containers which significantly reduces the proportional cost of water.
Depending on specific needs, we act in different ways, e.g.:
- Provide nutritional education to ensure healthy feeding of the youngest.
- Provide financial support to ensure school attendance (e.g. bus tickets, meals,...).
- Provide different activities to motivate teenagers to obtain a degree.
Help them Hope's work
A HOPE Scholarship will allow you to directly impact the life of a underprivileged youth with a disability. Your support allows a youth to partake in our three core programs; Education, Career Guidance, and Independent Living, furthering their personal independence and gainful employment.