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Computers for Villa Maria

Technology is becoming an increasingly important subject to master early on in school as well as a method of teaching.  We are inspired by the way the staff of the Villa Maria primary school, which serves a poor community outside Lima, strive to give the children the best education possible and make the best of what they have.This spring, the school would…

Fundesoc gets local recognition

Our partner Fundesoc has been featured on the magazine of Cámara Boliviana Hidrocarburos y Energía (Bolivian Chamber of Hydrocarbons and Energy. You can read the full article here

Poder Joven

Camila Chiquillo is one of the children La Vida supports at Poder Joven Foundation in Colombia. She is seven, is in second grade of elementary school and has been attending Poder Joven for the last year. Although her family is very poor she is very smart and wants to get ahead and wants opportunities. She lives with her mother and…

Sponsorship for children at Villa Maria School, Peru

Annual report and renewal of sponsorship (£200 per year) for children attending the Villa Maria School, Peru - 2017 was a very challenging year for Peru and for the poorer communities around Lima in particular, due to exceptionally heavy rains from January to March which led to a series of floods and landslides.  There are more details about the impact on…

Viva a Vida – The story of Vinicius

VINÍCIUS CERQUEIRA, 18 YEARS OLD Vinicius joined Viva a Vida in 2014 as a member of V2 Theatre Group and the Vila Jovem Youth Group When Vinicius first approached Viva a Vida he frowned and asked “do you notice anything strange about me?” He watched some of our theatre group’s open rehearsals and couldn’t believe his eyes, but he wasn’t…

Dear Somebody, once they asked me what my dream was, then I thought, and thought and thought a little bit more, but in the end I didn’t know what to say, not for lack of dreams, but because of the immense number that I have. I am overflowing with dreams, I am overflowing in my smile, my look, my words, my soul, and particularly on the stage.

On the stage we are free spirits, with dreams to give and sell, but we don’t sell these dreams for money, we sell them for laughter, feelings and emotions. The stage is my origin, the stage is my house, my safe harbour, I am a bird flying over skies and other things. Away from it I feel empty, incomplete. Perhaps my greatest dream, dear somebody, is to sell dreams, to sell them through my art, my texts, my music and poetry.

Sincerely, from somebody else.

My name is Ana Clara Colombi, I am 17 years old and I have lived in Vila de Abrantes for 4 years. I used to live in Rio Grande do Sul (in the south of Brazil). I have participated in Viva a Vida activities since I came to Bahia – I have been in the V2 theatre group for four years and in the Vila Jovem Youth Group for one.

When I arrived in Bahia (where Viva a Vida is located), I was very sad and alone. When they decided to move, my parents told me that I would stay with my grandparents, but they decided to come here for their holidays, so I came too.

There (in the south) I had my friends, my school, my grades were always great. Then I came here and I didn’t want to study. I remember my reaction was:

“I won’t make any friends, I won’t make any friends, I’m going to ask my mum if I can leave.”

What saved me was getting to know Viva a Vida, the theatre group. Evelin (Projects Coordinator) ran some workshops at my primary school and said there were some vacancies in the theatre group, so I invited some classmates and we went along. This was in April, I’ll never forget it!

Joining the theatre group helped me a lot, I didn’t want to know about anything else, the theatre made me accept Bahia. Now I have the opportunity to leave and I don’t want to. I’m not going to leave the theatre because it would be a pity to drop it, I can’t see a life without theatre. It was here that I learnt and changed my way of thinking, how I treat people, even at home I have changed… I talk back less.

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Cerniquem

Cerniquem paediatric burns unit. In 2010, La Vida was the beneficiary charity of the Deutsche Bank Retail Dinner. We put the funds raised towards the creation of a paediatric burns unit in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, at a centre called called Cerniquem.  Together with the matching funds supplied by The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, we financed the purchase of all the…

Viva a Vida- Eliza’s story

  “Without Viva a Vida, my daily life would be monotonous... as it was before I joined this project”. Maria Eliza , 15 years old - Vila Jovem Youth Group   Eliza is the name of the youth leader in this success story – a sweet, shy adolescent, with a bright smile and a series of pertinent questions about adolescence.  …

Amantani – Meet My World

Get ready for another multi-sensory experience as our partner Amantani and Andina present the next chapter of Meet My World. The inspiring young people in Amantani's Boarding Houses have written and presented their own short films aimed at teaching the world the skills from their indigenous communities. This year the children have come together with the talented director Cristina Patiño Sheen…

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