The Children’s Home is a Christian/Jewish organisation, which aims to provide a family environment where the girls they care for can heal and grow. They also supply education, medical, dental and vision care. Although it is run by an American Priest (we usually work with organisations run by Peruvians), they employ many locals and also employ the girls who have grown up in the home after they are of leaving age (if the girls wish to stay on)
This project serves abandoned, exploited and abused female children and teens from the greater Southern Peruvian coastal and Andean regions. The girls range in age from 3-17 years.
The Children’s Home are flexible in how volunteers work. Their greatest need is homework help, for which a good standard of Spanish is required, but there are many other tasks that need to be completed. Volunteers are welcome to come and roll up their sleeves and help with anything that presents itself on a day to day basis!
There is no minimum volunteer period for this project although we believe that you will gain more from the experience, and help the children more, the longer you can stay!
As a volunteer you are not expected to work the whole day. You can define on arrival when you are willing to work, and this schedule can be changed at any time if necessary.
The Children’s Home accepts volunteers from children (accompanied by a responsible adult) to mature volunteers (must be young at heart though!)
Any donation is welcomed and helpful for the Children’s Home. It could be money but also clothes, games, toys etc. We recommend that you do not bring items from your own country however, as we have found it is more effective to wait until you arrive and find out what is needed at the time. If you buy items in Arequipa it is also beneficial for the local economy and you will probably find that your money will go further (plus it doesn’t take up space in your luggage!)