Huaninpampa Academy Project

Public university in Peru is tuition free (although there are small matriculation fees each semester) and in place of an application process, entrance to both public and private universities as well as technical institutes is dependent upon entrance exams. These exams, especially for public university due to its affordability for all socio-economic demographics, are increasingly […]


Jordan

  The “Biblioteca” project in Jordan aims to improve the community’s 26 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 […]


Colcha Academy Project

Public university in Peru is tuition free (although there are small matriculation fees each semester) and in place of an application process, entrance to both public and private universities, as well as technical institutes, is dependent upon entrance exams. These exams, especially for public university due to its affordability for all socio-economic demographics, are increasingly […]


Quihuares

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, […]


El Arca Children’s Home

Alma has partnered with El Arca Children’s Home to help provide high quality education to 25 children in Puerto Maldonado. El Arca not only gives children a second chance in life but also provides them with a high quality education. El Arca’s new location is near Puerto Maldonado, in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. It is home to children […]


Centro Yanay

Centro Yanay, or “Suyacuyhuan Yachasun” (which roughly translates as “Learning for Hope” in Quechua) aims to provide educational and vocational assistance to at-risk populations of young and teenage girls in Cuzco by opening an occupational center aimed exclusively at their needs. Official courses, certified by the Ministry of Education, will be offered in cosmetology, computation, […]


Patabamba Academy

The Patabamba Academy provides access to university for low-income students Alma is attempting to increase the number of low-income, rural students attending university by funding a pre-university academy that will enroll approximately 80 high school students in Saturday classes in math and communications. Although public university tuition in Peru is free, rural and low-income high […]


Sihua Primary School

The Sihua Primary School project began when community leaders approached the Alma Foundation looking for help. The community’s primary school, I.E. #50743, only had 4 of 6 grades due to the lack of teachers, forcing the fifth and sixth graders to walk kilometers to other communities in order to continue studying. Though the school has […]


Huaninpampa Project

Quihares, Huaninpampa, and Colcha each have a CRFA (Centro Rural de Formación en Alternancia) school. These schools overcome the large distances students must travel from their respective communities to study at the secondary level by working in shifts. For 15 days, two or three grades will live at the school and attend daily classes while […]


Pampacucho Biblioteca

The “Biblioteca” project is built around the idea that education is not a single trajectory between a defined starting and ending point, but a more fluid orientation with varying starting and ending points depending on the strengths and interests of each individual student. Though the case can be made for the need of standardized education […]


Biblioteca Colcha

As defined by the OECD, “the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.” In the OECD’s most recent PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) exam, given in 2012, Peru ranked last of the participating 65 […]


Patatinta

As defined by the OECD, “the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.” In the OECD’s most recent PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) exam, given in 2012, Peru ranked last of the participating 65 […]


San Lorenzo Biblioteca Project

As defined by the OECD, “the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.” In the OECD’s most recent PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) exam, given in 2012, Peru ranked last of the participating 65 […]


Pata de Aguila Project

Ethnobotanist, Wade Davis, says “a language is not just a body of vocabulary or a set of grammatical rules…Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind.” The Sirionó people are one of Bolivia’s 36 recognized ethnic groups. They live in the Beni region of the Bolivian Amazon in and around two central communities: Pata […]


San Jose de Paranapura

Alma is happy to start the new academic reinforcement project San Jose de Paranapura. As defined by the OECD, “the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students.” In the OECD’s most recent PISA (Programme for […]


Quihuares Academy Project

  Public university in Peru is tuition free (although there are small matriculation fees each semester) and in place of an application process, entrance to both public and private universities as well as technical institutes is dependent upon entrance exams. These exams, especially for public university due to its affordability for all socio-economic demographics, are […]


Puerto Miguel

Public university in Peru is tuition free (although there are small fees each semester) and in place of an application process, entrance to both public and private universities as well as technical institutes is dependent upon entrance exams. These exams, especially for public university due to its affordability for all socio-economic demographics, are increasingly competitive; […]


Cotoca and La Maguita

Alma has started a new academic reinforcement for two very remote communities in the San Andres district of Bolivia. The communities of Cotoca and La Manguita will receive educational reinforcement centers for both preschool and primary school, with the goal of improving the student’s’ academic performance in mathematics and communications. To do so, we are […]


Trinidad Centre for Special Needs

Alma has partnered with the Trinidad Special Education Centre to provide high-quality education to children with special needs in Trinidad, Bolivia. Alma will be supporting the school by providing educational materials, equipment, transportation for the children to go to school and provide physiotherapy for the students at the centre. This project will help increase the […]


CLAS Project in Cajamarca

Early Stimulation Classrooms (SETs) and Non-accredited Pre-school Programs (PRONEIs) exist in communities or neighborhoods in Peru where formal pre-school is not available due to the lack of student population or municipal/ state budget. SETs work with children 0-3 years old and PRONOEIs with children 3-5 years old. SET and PRONOEI teachers, known as “Promoters”, are […]


Cochirhuay

  The “Biblioteca” project is built around the idea that education is not a single trajectory between a defined starting and ending point, but a more fluid orientation with varying starting and ending points depending on the strengths and interests of each individual student.       Though the case can be made for the […]


Colcha School Expansion Project

The Alma Children’s Education Foundation is beginning a new school expansion project in the province of Paruro. The community, San Francisco de Colcha, is home to the only secondary school in the entire District of Colcha. Alma will hire one teacher to help the school expand up to fourth grade. The Apu Yauri Waynajuna Kallpachaq […]


Markuray Rayan Project

In response to the large success of our project working with the families of school I.E. # 50908 in Chamana, the Alma Foundation has decided to implement the same project, though slightly adapted due to the different needs of the new communities, in the school I.E. # 501316 in Markuray. The project includes the 23 […]


Mosoq Runa

Mosoq Runa aims to transform lives of “at risk” children Mosoq Runa is a children’s home in Ccotohuincho, an extremely poor district near the town of Urubamba. Here the poverty leads to numerous family problems: alcoholism, squalid housing, poor diet (40% of children suffer from malnutrition), lack of decent clothing, little or no education, child […]


Kiya Survivors

Kiya Survivors is a British-Peruvian charity operating educational facilities for children with special needs and those who have suffered abuse and abandonment. The Rainbow Centre was the first facility opened by Kiya, in 2002, and is the only school dedicated to special needs in this area of Peru. Survivors supports 140 children and their families […]


Eco-escuela Tikapata

This post was created on August 12, 2014 Tikapata is a small, wonderful alternative school in the countryside, 10km. from Urubamba. It was founded two years ago by three sets of parents who were unhappy with the quality of education in the area. One-third of the children, from families of financial means, pay full tuition […]


General Ollanta de Urubamba Art Studio (GOU)

The Golden anniversary dream! This is a large public high school in Urubamba that gets little government funding beyond teachers’ salaries.  We have worked with Nexos Voluntarios, a Peruvian charity with deep roots in Urubamba, on previous projects with staff and students from GOU, so we have a good understanding of stakeholder needs and assets. Two […]


Union de Obras de Asistencia

U.O.A.S. was founded in 1934 by the wife of Peru’s president at the time. They run 11 schools in Lima for children of no financial means. They are supported financially by the government and are run by an order of nuns. The current president of U.O.A.S. (a non-paid position) is the granddaughter of the founder. I […]


Angeles D-1

Vania Masias, former Peruvian national premier ballerina and national champion dancer, was touring with the Ireland Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet when she returned to Lima for vacation and watched a group of street dancers perform at an intersection in front of her car. She envisioned creating a dance studio, a safe friendly place where these street kids […]


Aldea Yanapay

Yuri Valencia de la Barrio de Mendoza has done social change work in Cusco since he was 13. Today, he is an astute, university educated social entrepreneur who has built a hostel and restaurant and has used the profits from these two ventures to develop a school in Cusco for children of no financial means. The school, […]


GOU Tejidos Andinos

In general, arts and crafts can provide a vocational education, and, thus, an income; skills in weaving and jewelry making are particularly useful. The Tejidos Andinos Project currently works with a group of 30 students; however, many more are waiting for the opportunity to be included. Andean weaving is an art form that these children […]


Yachay Wasi

Yachay Wasi is a small independent school being built in Ollantaytambo. We are very familiar with this community and have many personal relationships there. It has been apparent that the local primary school has been providing an inadequate quality of education so a group of parents formed a not-for-profit association that has been running a drop-in […]


The Rural Teacher Capacitation Project

The Alma Foundation has partnered with the National University of the Altiplano, the Unidad de Gestión Educativa Local (UGEL) of Urubamba, and the Rural Educational Network of Patacancha in an effort to improve the quality of education in nine remote highland communities that form part of the Patacancha Cuenca in the District of Ollantaytambo. Over the […]


The K’enko Project

The Alma Children’s Education Foundation has recently begun working with leaders and parents from the community of K’enko to improve access to secondary school education for 40 students who, at the moment, walk five hours a day to get to the nearest secondary school.K’enko is a small highland community approximately 1.5 hours by car from Pisac. It is accessible […]


Yanamayo and Quelcanca Education Improvement Project

This project will improve access to early childhood education and improve the quality of pre-school and primary school education. It will accomplish this through the provision of  much needed educational materials and enhanced teacher training. As well, infrastructure repairs will bring welcome improvements to these communities, located in the Patacancha valley above Ollantaytambo. For this […]


Living Heart Sustainable Agriculture Programme

Alma worked with Living Heart to make its successful nutritional programme more sustainable, with a pilot project to allow the community to grow fresh vegetables and herbs in the highland hamlet of Qhelqanqa, in collaboration with the Municipality of Ollantaytambo and the local primary school, building on the experience of other NGOs with greenhouses. Qhelqanqa is […]


For My Friends

For My Friends was founded by two University of Toronto students with the aim of financing the education of Peruvian children at Colegio Senor de los Milagros in Lima. Parents within this community are often unable to afford both the enrollment fees and the cost of school supplies. This means that their children are unable to receive […]


Chamana Micro-Finance Project

Chamana is a small community in the province of Urubamba about 30 km from Ollantaytambo. There is no road access to this community so to reach it one must walk along the Inca trail for about 1 1/2 hours and then along a narrow path for another hour. The people in these communities are very […]


Centro Cultural Cuarto Creciente

The Cultural Centre “Cuarto Creciente” opened in Urubamba in 2012 as a space for theatre and other creative and cultural workshops. Here, children, young people and adults can investigate, explore, share, learn and find their own talents, abilities and qualities. It has a philosophy of positive stimulation and aims to help people become more rounded […]


Teaching Innovation Project

The Alma Foundation is working in collaboration with the local education authority (UGEL) and the Provincial Municipality of Urubamba to bring innovative teaching methods for reading and writing to eleven primary institutions in communities of the province of Urubamba, Cusco, Peru. This project has been designed and is headed by the experienced and respected teacher […]