. Bruce Lima: "Villa
El Salvador" shanty school "Oasis"
Introduction.....................'Villa El Salvador' CHILDREN'S CENTRE is in the Villa El Salvador community of the 'Cono Sur' slums on the south side of Lima, Peru. Our aim is to give aid and support to the children of the families (mostly ababndoned mothers) who squatted this sandy mountain in MAy 2006. The squatters were ejected twice before they finally overcame resistance from the Limal authorities and are now foriming a makeshift community on the sandy lot which now houses four thousand souls in tiny woven reed & plastic 'homes'.. In the ensuing years their improvised houses will be improved to adobe and then brick houses. But there is no electricity, water or school. Some electricity is rented privately from a nearby houses, but water has to be trucked trucked in several times a week. Bruce Peru have agreed to provide basic education until a school can be built, and eventualy al our students will be transferred to the national school system.
The Villa El Salvador Children's Centre is housed in a reed &
plastic shed which we built ourselves with the help of the community.
Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most effective for the children. Volunteering at Bruce Peru Lima can be a tiring but immensely rewarding experience. You should be able to cope with big groups of street children demanding a lot of attention and enthusiasm. You will have to be a team worker, working together with PeruVillan and international volunteers. In the centre you will be a representative of the project and are expected to be responsible and behave as an example for the children. What you do in your free time outside the centre is up to you.
Volunteering at 'Villa El Salvador' is a fantastic way of getting to know Peru, of improving your Spanish, and above all, of interacting with the community and with the children of the city in a positive and helpful way.
The Region:More than 400 years ago, the Spanish conqueror ("conquistador") Francisco Pizarro named Lima the City of the Kings ("Ciudad de los Reyes"). Nowadays, that same city, which rose from the lands of the native chief Taulischusco, is a metropolis of over 7 million people who proudly preserve the colonial convents and mansions which are symbols of their ancient and noble traditions. Lima, capital of Peru, founded on January 18, 1535, is a modern city which, while constantly expanding, has also managed to maintain the elegance of its Historic Center. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Center, due to the large number of artistic monuments found there, Historic Lima is an enchanting haven of a period long gone.
The Programme:The Children's Centre is located in a reed hut at the centre of a poor people's township. It has no water or electricity, but classes are in the mornings when there is always light, and we bring in buckets of water. Our international volunteers leave Miraflores at 8:AM and are in class teaching the children by 9:AM. Children attend the centre between 9 AM and 12:00 PM, (ending with lunch). Durting the morning volunteers and local teachers organise a range of classes, all designed to prepare the children for a future in the National Curriculum. Groups are divided up according to age or ability. None of these children go to school, so an important aspect of our program is teaching them group discipline and study habits. We regularly plan trips outside the centre, to play football and other games and activities..
The Language School:In the evenings English-speaking and French-speaking volunteers give English and French classes to adults in our Miraflores campus in Lima (where also our international volunteers live). The small donation our language students make is a contribution to the work of the Satellite Children's Centres.. Our students know that their tuition goes towards our work with the children and enables us to participate in the activities and expenses of the Children's Centre and our volunteers. Volunteers are therefore obliged to give at least one class per night to maintain our Language School.
Spanish classes are offered for free to all our volunteers.