For each product that we sell, we finance one day of school to disadvantaged children in the poor suburb of Cuzco.
So far, Perús has donated a 65 000€ to the NGO Los Chicos de Cusco as part of the #TwoShoesForSchool Project. This represents one year of school for 325 children, and it's only the beginning !
In 2007, Jean Gabriel Cabot, a frenchman, fell in love with Peru. When he discovered ASVIN school near Cuzco, he was so inspired by the project that he spontaneously decided to create the NGO Los Chicos de Cusco in order to be able to finance the expansion of the school.
Thanks to the financial support it received, Los Chicos de Cusco grew rapidly in size. Ten years later, three schools are now financed by the NGO : ASVIN, Huchuy Yachaq and Picol.
- ASVIN school was founded in 2003 by Hide and David, a Peruvian couple. It is located in San Jeronimo, one of the poorest suburbs of Cusco. Their objective was to help families by teaching their children at no cost. Thanks the program, children who would have otherwise been on the street or at work are now able to receive an education. Back to the beginning of the organization, David and Hide used to give pupils the clear sheets of paper in used copybooks as something to write on. They put all their savings into the founding of the school and postponed having their own house until 2014. Today, ASVIN counts six teachers, a cook, many volunteers and more than 90 children aged from 3 to 13 years old. All costs are paid for by the school : from the canteen (twice a day) to scholarships.
- Today, Los Chicos de Cusco also supports Huchuy Yachaq school located on the hills above Cuzco. Huchuy Yachaq, that means "little kid who knows" in Quechua, was created by the local people and Marlene, a street educator. It offers child workers a place where they can resource and learn. It's main objective is education, however the school also helps young parents (aged from 16-17) learn how to raise their children. Thanks to Huchuy Yachaq, children are no longer left to their own devices and are less exposed to petty street crimes, as only 1% of the local children do not attend school. The organization offers the 76 children in Huchuy Yachaq food at the canteen, as well as books and school supplies.
- Lastly, Los Chicos de Cusco, contributes to the development of the Picol school, that is also located in a suburb of Cusco. The organization provides school supplies to the 98 children of Picol. The organization would also like to contribute to Lucy's, the school's cook, salary.
Asvin, Huchuy Yachaq, and Picol are solely financed by donations. Each year it is difficult to balance the budget and it is only thanks to the amazing work provided by the volunteers and the members of the association that the schools manage to stay afloat.
After hearing about Los Chicos de Cusco we met with Jean Gabriel, the President of Los Chicos, who introduced us more thoroughly to his challenging and inspiring work. It was then that we decided to create our projet #TwoShoesForSchool : we finance one day of school for a child at on of these three schools each time we sell a Perús product.
How much does a day of school cost ?
With the TwoShoesForSchool product, we donate 1€ every time we sell a product. The cost of one day at school is per child is calculated based on the costs of teachers' salaries, books and school supplies and uniforms in ASVIN school.
There are slightly over 200 days in an academic year. Since the beginning of the project in December 2014, there have been more than 55 000 days of school financed. This represents one year of school for 275 children, and it's only the beginning !
So far, Perús has donated 55 000€ to the NGO Los Chicos de Cusco as part of the #TwoShoesForSchool Project.
Future objectives for TwoShoesForSchool
We hope to bring greater financial stability to the NGO and help it in it's future projects : providing education for more children and for a longer period of time, as well as developing professional training for the parents. In the medium term, the main project is to open a workshop for women in Huchuy Yachaq. Today most of the women are unemployed, the purpose of this workshop would be to give women a space to develop sewing and jewellery-making skills, so that in the future they will be able to create income-generating activities.