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 the school in the report, but you can also read about the causes of the natural disasters and the government’s response, together with pictures in the link from Climate signals and The Guardian Newspaper.
The school did sustain damage from the floods but due to the efforts of its leadership team was able to function normally for most of the year. Thanks to a generous supporter, La Vida was also able to help the school fund a roof for its internal courtyard which as well as protecting the interior fromhttp://www.lavida.org.uk/htdocs/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/VM@2017.png damage should mean the space is usable whatever the weather.
This year we have had some excellent news for the school, which will receive a substantial bequest from a UK donor enabling it to benefit from some significant rebuilding and enlargement works. However, it will still require core costs such as teachers’ salaries to continue providing education for local children as well as the running costs for community-based adult training workshops in the new facilities. As you know, it costs approximately £200/year to pay for one child’s education, and the new school year will be starting again very shortly. We would be very grateful if you could renew your sponsorship using the link below to our page on BT My Donate as soon as you can, so families can be certain that their children can continue to attend the school
With many thanks and best wishes from the whole team in Lima and overseas