|The venue was the July 2008 WHO nursing conference held in Israel and
attended by health care officials from 33 countries..
Nancy and her husband, Tom Palmer, MD, have conducted
annual clinics for our children and parents beginning
Nearly half the Peruvian
not in school
live in Lima
campaign to get the National Government of Peru to recognise
the large population of Peruvian children who are not
receiving education, and to do something effective to
get these children educated. [We are offering our own
successful progects as one example] is now being launched!
| Light at the end
of the tunnel for the poorest children of Lima. The
state school building shown at right is the first ray
of this light - for we have managed to start moving our
Lima projects from their shanty schools into state school
buildings; where we have already proved in other cities
our success rate in seriously helping the poorest children
is much higher. This is both a credit to all the volunteers
who have toild in the Lima barrios, and to our standing
with the Ministry of Education throughout Peru.
Ventanilla, Lima, Peru
We built a little shanty school onto the back of our co-director's
house in Ventanilla. Now more than 20 children are educated
and fed there every week day.
| Our satellite projects send our Lima volunteers into
the most deprived barrios
where the poorest children
live. Many local volunteers
The first four satellite
centres in Lima are, Villa Maria,
San Juan de Miraflores (Rinconada), Pamplona (San Sebastian)
and Ventanilla. To open a satellite children's centre
(a shanty school) we require at least ten children in
the community who are not in school to be registered with
us, and have the agreement of their family (almost always
a single or abandoned mother). To start we will pay a
local co-director and a licensed teacher. When the centre
has over 20 children we will pay a second teacher. All
our Lima satellite children's centres now have over 20
children, and we are preparing to begin opening more in
July and August.
| Claire, the British nurse in Ethiopia who inspired Live
Aid 20 years ago when at a young age she had to decide
the fate of thousands of starving children: it fell
to her to select 60 children each night to fill the
vacant places in a shelter where they would be cared
for and fed: leaving up to 2,000 in line, knowing they
would probably not survive the night - such were the
harsh realities of the 1980's famine in the Horn of
Africa, and the heavy burdens placed of the care givers
who went to help. Claire continued her career in Kenya
and in other countries. Recently she returned to Ethiopia
to look for some to the people she had brought into
the shelter as children in the '80s. She was able to
find many of them, all survivors. Some were as poor
as their parents had been before the famine, while others
were prosperous - there was a marked difference between
them. She asked some of the successful ones to what
they attributed their success, whereas so many of their
peers remained badly off. They all said "A charity sponsored
us in school, we received an educationn."
||Our first school
Villa El Salvador
Was started in Lima - right in the heart of a homeless
persons invasion site. One day last month four thousand
extremely poor people decended upon a sandy firld and
started errecting their flimsy reed shacks. We agreed
to provide their school.
| Their first visit to the Zoo
In two turns our dear Aussies took all our children to
the Lima Zoo. For some it was their first trip out of
the barrio, first sight of grass, paved roads, buildings
|Our first Christmas
with the children of Lima. Fiestas & more. Pictured
here are two of our three parties for our Lima children.
Between the vols from australia and Ana Tere's daughter,
the children of Lima were at least as spoilt as any of
our dear Peruvian children. It was also a farewell to
the generous Australians, hello to Oliver; plus a time
to reflect on all the people who helped us make it through
this first year. Marc, Meg, Dave, Ron, The Odd Theatre
Co. Katie, Nikki, Fumico, Alex, Meghann, Lloyd.
Las Americas ...San Sebastian
buidings for the children of Bruce Peru Lima.
We have left the pool hall in Rinconada
for a proper school house at Las Americas, and the "Pig
Pen" (La Chancharia) for a real school in San Sebastian
|The Poor Children of Lima
- our greatest challenge!
For poor families living in the most expensive city, it
is hard to let ones children go to school instead earn
money. In the city where more NGOs are offering poor people
something for nothing, it is easy for them to become spoilt:
to feel entitled to 'a life for free'. Right>Some
of the dedicated creative, dynamic and selfless volunteers
who have taken on Lima for the sake of its children.
| The end of April
we received a visit from our partners in the Lima project,
Marc Zwaaneveld, founder and Chairman of Kinder Zon,
and his son (and webmaster) Carsten, from the Netherlands.
One day with our volunteers and they are now part of
the family. We are already plotting more ways to collaborate.
||With help from
our friends at Kinder Zon we have opened our Lima
Centre. We send our volunteers out from there to
satellite centres in the barrios, where they help
the poorest children.
| During Summer break
in the Southern Hemisphere we work with children young
enough to enter first or second grade. The rest of the
year - like now - we educate children too poor, abandoned
or too old to get into regular school. Right now in Peru
we have 14 full time centres, 6 part time centres and
are just opening another 6 full time centres to educate
these dear children.