The Alma Community


Meet Elizabeth from San Martin NEW

The hot, dusty community of San Martin feels empty and forgotten and a million miles away from anything (in fact it is only a four-hour drive from Trini but somehow feels even more remote than our other communities). When we arrived we saw no one. I managed to get sick last night so I am […]


Meet Heidy from Sariry

Heidy is seven years old and is in the second grade of school in Tilata. She is a very affectionate girl. In her family, she has her mother, stepfather and two sisters. She can get in fights with her sisters. Her older sister is a teenager and her younger sister is only three years old. […]


Meet Edison from Sariry

Edison is a 5 year old boy in the first grade of school. He comes from a family which is separated. His father works in the department of Cochabamba and his mother is in Brazil. Because of this, Edison and his three brothers live with their aunt. Edison entered Sariry with malnutrition. Now, he has […]


Meet Yareli from La Manguita

Yareli is a seven-year-old student from the community of La Manguita in Bolivia. She is currently living with her grandparents because her parents work at a cattle farm where there is no school. The cattle farm is a five-hour horse ride from the community. Her parents visit her only once per month due to the distance […]


Rodrigo’s Mom

Who doesn’t love good news? When in a parents meeting in Monte Cristo recently, the mother and father of one of our students from last year’s project stood up and explained how their son, Rodrigo, got into nursing school earlier this year! Last year’s project in Monte Cristo had three areas of focus: computer science, […]


Meet Yhisel from Las Palmeras

  Yhisel is a three year old girl who attends the Las Palmeras pre-school. Yhisel was born in the city of Santa Cruz and has two older siblings. She currently lives in the community of Las Palmeras with her mom Francisca who is 35. Although Yhisel has always lived in an urban zone, she has […]


Meet Rodrigo from Monte Cristo

Rodrigo is a student who attended our secondary school project in Monte Cristo, Bolivia in 2-16. The information below was collected at the end of the 2016 academic year. Rodrigo was born on August 21, 2017, in the beautiful community of Monte Cristo. He studied both primary and secondary school in the small school of the […]


Meet Vidal from Las Palmeras

Vidal was born on September 5th, 2011 to Albina and Roberto. Both of Vidal’s parents are under the age of 30 years old. Vidal has one younger brother Yhon Oliver. Yhon and Vidal are always together taking care of each other. Vidal is a joyful and charismatic child. At home, he takes pride in being the […]


Meet Juliana from the Trinidad Centre for Special Needs

Juliana Catima Álvarez is an eight-year-old girl in first grade at the Trinidad Centre for Special Needs (TCS). She went to school for the first time in 2016. Juliana suffers from down syndrome and has communication problems since she cannot pronounce words. However, she is able to gesticulate very well to communicate. She is quiet […]


Meet Yhoselin Quispe Guarachi

Meet Yhoselin, a 9 years old currently attending our partner project Sariry in La Paz, Bolivia. Yhoselin is in the second grade. She has two older sisters and one older brother. All of her siblings are studying and are in charge of their two parents. Additionally, they work full days as public officials, thereby failing […]


Meet Yeraldine from Villa Alba

Yeraldine is a 5 year-old girl, from our early childhood stimulation program in Villa Alba. She is the third of four siblings. Her parents are Wilson and Yaneth. Yeraldine joined the Villa Alba program to support her learning when she was in the first grade. Prior to joining the program, Yeraldine had difficulty recognizing letters or numbers. […]


Supporting the 4% – Manos Unidas

Only 4% of children with special needs in Cusco receive formal education. Alma supports Manos Unidas because they are working to change this statistic every day. Started in 2008, they are the first non-profit education centre for children with special needs. As my sister had special needs, this cause has always been very close to […]


Alalay – a home for children

Alalay has been rescuing, housing and educating street kids for 26 years now. But they do a lot more: they offer a home for children who by definition do not have one. Today I visited both the girls and boys Alalay homes in La Paz Bolivia and as always was moved by the wonderful kids […]


Daniel’s Story from Alalay

My name is Daniel, my parents are Antonio Marco and my mother is Sandra Loayza Coronel. They are 50 and 45 years old. I also have a brother named James who I get along with very well. I love him. He is older than me so he stays in the Equino home and is in […]


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 […]


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 […]


Meet Lorena and Lizandro from Alma’s newest partner project

Alma has a new partner project in Bolivia – the Trinidad Special Education Centre. This centre works to provide high-quality education to children with special needs in Trinidad, Bolivia. Sometimes the greatest barriers to education can be the small things we take for granted, such as transportation. This is why Alma will not only be […]


Michael Jordan at Manos Unidas!

Ok, maybe this is not the 6 ‘ ft tall basketball player you know but, really, his name is Michael Jordan – and he is the FIRST Manos Unidas  student working in a Cusco hotel.  When you arrive at Ninos Hotel, you will be greeted by Michael. He will open the door, help you carry in your luggage and lead […]


Another successful Alma Annual Party!

Thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made our Alma Annual Party a huge success! With over 300 tickets sold, Alma was able to raise over $40,000 for our education projects in Peru and Bolivia! The party consisted of delicious Peruvian Cuisine, amazing salsa lessons by Loudes and music by the award-winning DJ […]