We believe that education can open a path to a brighter future for children, therefore Helping Hands started the charity school San Gabriel at 2008, we have all the permission from the government for offering official and quality education on our area.
In San Gabriel, we want to provide a healthy school climate, where underprivileged children can have qualitative education but also where they learn about values, group work as well as individual development.
We work with poor children. Normally we have around 25 children per class.
The directors and teachers visit all the students at home, talk frequently with their parents and relatives, so we can say that we know perfectly the needs, negative things and the positive things they have. Each student have a file where we put all the information about their health, family and education progress.
In Peru exist only 2 sorts of schools: public (founded and run by the government) and private (founded and run by people who run it as a business and who want/need to earn money by giving education to children from families who can afford it economically). So, legally there doesn’t exist anything like “charity education”, where children can attend school paying little money or for free. The consequence was that San Gabriel was founded as a private school, and had to go through all the long and expensive procedures to get this recognition and will not receive any support from the government, since only the public schools get some support. On the other hand, the positive effect of being a private school is that San Gabriel can work independent from requests or policies of the government and that the school can develop its own personal methods. Although the economy of Peru is slowly growing in the last decade, the level of education stays very low, among the lowest of Latin-America.
The area and the background
In the area around Patron San Sebastian there weren’t any public schools, so underprivileged children had to take a long bus ride (meaning an extra daily cost) to go to a distant public school or study in an expensive private school. These options often led to the conclusion: that a lot of the poor children simply didn’t (couldn’t?) study.
The majority of our children has parents who are unable to assist them with their homework or education due to illiteracy, a lack of education or simply a lack of time. For most of the children San Gabriel is a place to escape a world of difficulties and violence. Without San Gabriel, these children would spend their days unsupervised and unsecured. We are hoping that by giving these kids education, they’ll continue studying through secondary school and will be able to get more chances and opportunities in their life than their parents.
In Perú we have the following levels of education:
- kindergarten: children aged 3 to 5-6
- Primary School: children aged 6-7 to 11-12
- Secondary School or High School: adolescents aged 12 to 16-17
Therefore, we would like having a full primary school and, in a future, one complete high school. So we could offer a full education to children and teenagers until 17 years old. In this way we could offer a big opportunity for changing their lives and the life of their families.
We have all the plans for this new project, if you want to help us, please write to me and then I can explain more about it or answer all your questions.