February Dispatch

Each month, our team compiles stories and updates from our projects to create a monthly dispatch. To read the full February Dispatch, please click here.

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 […]

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 […]

Achievement Day in Tuksa

Three times a year our students present what they’ve been up to in our projects to their parents during the school’s “Achievement Day”. The first round of Achievement Days passed recently and in Tuksa, it went as great as we hoped! Students in Tuksa engaged their parents with their presentations and live demonstrations of activities […]

Alma Beach Volleyball Tournament

Hi Friends! Come join us for an afternoon of sun, fun and volleyball! On August 14th, the Young Leaders at Alma are hosting a beach volleyball tournament at Ashbridges Bay. Get ready to show off your volleyball skills! Volleyball players will be sorted into teams. Each team will represent one of our education projects in Peru or […]

Teacher Training in Peru

Everyone from our advisory board, through Ian our program director, to our partners and teachers in the communities seem to agree that single greatest obstacle to better education in Peru is the quality of teachers. Teachers are underpaid, lacking motivation and are badly trained. The “old style” methods they are taught in teacher’s school do […]

The Road to Huadhua

We headed out for Huadhua in the morning, aiming to cover 4000 feet of elevation gain in time for lunch at school with the kids. I had no idea how rich with sights – and learning from Ian – our trip would be. As we passed through the towns outside of Cusco, Ian told us […]


Benjamin is a recent grad from the Ivey Business School at Western University. After spending his final semester of study in Barcelona, Benjamin realized his passion for travel, especially in expanding his perspective by meeting and learning from new people. In his spare time Benjamin enjoys cooking, scuba-diving, playing basketball, and reading. His recent reads […]

Visiting the Projects (pt. 2)

Our next stop was Kenko, a small village where Alma had set up a collectivo – school bus – to take the children to school in order to increase attendance. Unfortunately, this goal was not met, and we were there to figure out why the project didn’t work out. As we drove through the town […]

Visiting the Projects (pt. 1)

Today Phil, Octavio and I headed towards the Valle Sagrado to visit three villages where Alma has operated for the last few years. The projects have all finished this year, so our goal was to evaluate the effectiveness of the projects and meet with the children who participated. Our first stop was Patabamba, a relatively […]

Mission Statement & Guiding Principles

Vision Statement To realize, through investment in enlightened education, a new generation of creative, critical thinkers who will improve the quality of life for indigenous peoples in Latin America.   Mission Statement The Alma Foundation creates and implements play-based and project-based education programs utilizing local indigenous knowledge and language to reinforce critical thinking, creativity, analytical […]

Alma published in Collingwood news!

To celebrate our milestone of benefiting 5000 children, Alma has started a new goal: to raise awareness of our projects and mission to over 5000 people in 2016!   To help achieve this goal, we contacted local newspapers. Our first, of hopefully many publications was from the Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin, a local paper from Melanie’s home town.   […]

Our Team

  In The Field   Program Director: Ian McGroarty Ian graduated from the Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business with a B.S. in Economics, a minor in International Business, and a focus in International, Development and Transition Economics. After working in both New York City and Washington DC in development related NGO´s and foundations, […]