For each product that we sell, we finance one day of school for disadvantaged children in the poor suburb of Cuzco.
In 2007, Jean Gabriel Cabot, a frenchman, fell in love with Peru. When he discovered ASVIN school near Cuzco, he was so inspired by the project that he spontaneously decided to create the NGO Los Chicos de Cusco in order to finance the expansion of the school.
Thanks to many financial supports, Los Chicos de Cusco grew up rapidly. Ten years later it's now three schools that are financed by the NGO : ASVIN, Huchuy Yachaq and Picol.
- ASVIN school was founded in 2003 by Hide and David, a Peruvian couple. It is located in San Jeronimo, one of the poorest suburbs of Cusco. Their objective was to help families by teaching their children at no cost. Thanks to that program, children who would have otherwise been on the street or at work during the day are now able to benefit from a complete education. Back when the organization was starting up, David and Hide used extra sheets from used copybooks for the pupils to have something to write on. They put all their savings into the foundation of the school and postponed having their own house until 2014. Today, ASVIN counts six teachers, a cook, many volunteers and more than 90 children aged from 3 to 13 years old. Everything is taken in charge by the school : from the canteen (twice a day) to scholarships.
- Today, Los Chicos de Cusco also supports Huchuy Yachaq school located on the hills above Cuzco. Huchuy Yachaq "little kid who knows" in Quechua, was born on the will of local people and Marlene, a street educator. It offers teaching and a ressource centre for working children. The main objective is education but the school also helps young parents (aged from 16-17) by learning them how to raise their children. Thanks to Huchuy Yachaq, children are not left alone anymore and not exposed to petty street crimes. Indeed only 1% of the local children are now out of school. The 76 children in Huchuy Yachaq are being offered canteen, books and school supplies by the organization.
- Finally, Los Chicos de Cusco, contributes to the development of Picol school, also located in a suburb of Cusco. The organization provides school supplies to the 98 children of Picol. The organization would also like to contribute to the school cook's remuneration, Lucy.
Asvin, Huchuy Yachaq, and Picol are solely financed by donations. Each year the budget is difficult to close, and it is only thanks to the amazing work of the volunteers and members of the association that the schools stay afloat.
Hearing about Los Chicos de Cusco we met with Jean Gabriel, Los Chicos' president, who introduced us more thoroughly to his challenging and inspiring work. It was then that we decided to create the #TwoShoesForSchool project, in order to finance one day of school for a child of one of these three schools for each product of Perús sold.
How much does a day of school cost ?
The TwoShoesForSchool donation for each product sold is 1€. The calculation of the cost of one day of school per child is based on the costs of teachers' salaries, books and school supplies and uniforms in ASVIN school.
There are a bit over 200 days of school in an academic year. Since the beginning of the project in December 2014, more than 25 000 days of school have been financed. This represents one year of school for 125 children, and it's only the beginning !
So far, Perús has donated 25 000€ to the NGO Los Chicos de Cusco as part of the #TwoShoesForSchool Project.
Future objectives for TwoShoesForSchool
We hope to bring greater financial stability to the NGO and help it with future projects : providing education for more children, for a longer period of time, as well as developing professional training for the parents. The main project in the middle-term is the opening of a women worskhop in Huchuy Yachaq. Today most of these women are unemployed. The purpose of this workshop is to develop sewing and jewellery-making skills for the women to create income-generating activities in the future.