Yearly Archives: 2016

Alan’s trip to Huadhua

This blog was written by our founder Alan Harman on the fourth day of his recent trip to Peru and Bolivia. The drive up to Huadhua is my favourite. The first 90 minutes is main road but goes through the town (intersection) known for chichiron (roast pig) then the town (intersection) known for cuy (guinea […]

Flea Polluters

Bolivia’s Environmental situation has been deteriorating in the last decade on an alarming and uncontrollable scale. As we are not a big industrial country yet and don’t have a big population; you may find it rather concerning to face facts that Bolivia leads the Deforestation Per- Capita index in the world, being a big country […]

Our Five-Year Annual Report

I am incredibly proud what we accomplished in our first five years as a charity. Partly to take stock of where we have come from, and partly to reflect to stakeholders who we have become, we have created a five-year “annual” or “impact” report. “Annual” to describe something referring to five years is likely a […]

Be where your feet are

It’s been 23 project visits (and 10 flights) in 12 days. Because our projects are all in remote locations we have had long, long drives but those drives have given us the opportunity to have in-depth discussions about development work, education and the specifics of each project. Between the stimulating conversation and the emotional visits […]

Ines & Xavier Say I Do

Alma would like to thank Ines and Xavier for thinking of Alma on their special day!  Ines and Xavier are both engineers and university graduates who value education. For this reason, they have decided to ask for your support in the Alma Alumni Program. The Alma Alumni Program provides financial support and mentorship to students […]

Alan’s trip to the Bolivian jungle

An adventurous drive in the Bolivian jungle. On our first day here we set out from Trinidad at 4AM in two pick-up trucks along a winding dirt road/path (they don’t call it a road, rather a “camino”) winding through the jungle for 140 km. It is so rough that the trip takes 6 hours. It […]

Our Five Year Annual Report

  “Five years later Alma has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations.” Five years ago, disappointed with the work being done by two Peruvian charities that I was supporting, I founded the Alma Children’s Education Foundation with the intent on improving the lives of children in remote indigenous communities in Peru. I hoped that a few […]

Alma is hiring

International Program Director 0423 – Managers in social, community and correctional services Alma Children’s Education Foundation Toronto, ON Employer doesn’t cover the relocation costs   JOB DETAILS Vacancies 1 Job start date 2017-04-15 Wage $67,600.00 / Year Hours 40 Hours / Week Terms of employment Permanent, Full time , Day, Telework (work from home) Employer […]

Congratulations Walter Meekes

27 years ago, Walter Meekes, a young teacher from Holland came to Cusco to do a year of volunteering in the very tough neighbourhood of San Isidro in Cusco. He never went back. He fell in love with the city and working with kid so he founded the HoPe foundation with the intention of improving […]

Alan’s first trip to Iquitos

I have for a long time been fascinated with the jungle in general and Iquitos in particular. One of my favourite books “One river” by Wade Davis deals with the upper Amazon area and recently I read “Shamanism, Colonialism and the Wild Man” a book that investigates colonialization, terror and healing in that part of […]


I’ve always enjoyed shopping in the open air food markets. By shopping there you are buying local, supporting small businesses, and sometimes you even get to know the person who produces your food personally. On a recent trip to Loreto, I was sharing a small boat with a woman who had hoped to buy watermelon […]

Thank you – The Fellowship of Man Charitable Foundation

The Fellowship of Man Charitable Foundation (The Fellowship of Man) is a foundation which supports the advancement of education for both children and young people disadvantaged by physical, cultural or financial limitations. For four years, The Fellowship of Man has supported Alma projects. Through their support, Alma has been able to: provide educational and personal development […]

River Water

I’ve spent most of this last month in the Amazon, in both Peru and Bolivia. Each trip shared the common jungle themes that I always encounter on my visits: heat, mosquitos, and long rides to the communities. This month, however, I encountered something new in both countries. I was spending the night in San Jose […]

Two new bibliotecas in Peru!

We are happy to share with you two of our newest projects in Peru: Quihuares and Karhuacalla. These two biblioteca projects will offer reinforcement workshops in the afternoon. Similar to our other biblioteca projects, these workshops will take advantage of working outside of regular school hours. They will complement the more formal education children receive in the […]

World Peace Day at Alma

September 21st is the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day. Alma’s projects focus not only on critical and creative thinking but on harmonious values as well. And when we follow the trails of values such as honesty, respect, generosity, and taking care of the environment and people around you, we […]

Volley for Alma

On August 14th, Alma’s Young Leaders held their first #Volley4Alma Beach Volleyball Tournament. We are thrilled to say the tournament was a huge success! The Young Leaders recruited 10 teams and over 55 participants to play at Ashbridges Bay. Each team represented one of Alma’s education projects in Peru and Bolivia. The winner of the tournament […]


The “Biblioteca” project in Quihuares aims to improve the community’s 30 primary school students’ educational performance by offering reinforcement workshops in the afternoon. The workshops will take advantage of working outside of regular school hours by complementing the more formal education they receive in the classroom with a fun, creative, and flexible model reinforcing creativity, […]