A school uniform and pair of shoes for a child in SKIP costs 77 soles ($24). This is a large sum of money for the families that we work with, whom live on an average income of $1.59 per day, per person in the family. For families living in this level of poverty, any expense that they can be spared frees up some of their limited resources, meaning parents don't have to choose between fulfilling their children's right to adequate food and health and their right to education. 125 school uniforms and pairs of shoes equates to $2,967 and as a small charity working on a tight budget, this is a substantial sum of money, which is why we choose to fundraise for these items separately, here on Givology. The families are encouraged to look after the uniforms for two years, to encourage responsible ownership and not breed dependency on SKIP. If a child grows out of their uniform in the intervening year, the family is encouraged to swap with another family who may have an older child getting a new uniform that year.
Public schools in Peru also require an enrollment fee and, on top of this, there are the costs associated with school workbooks and stationery in order to be able to engage fully in the education services being offered to them. The remainder of our $6000 target will be used to pay for school supplies and public school registration. Each family has a list of school supplies which will be needed for the following year, SKIP buys these supplies for the families which amount to just over 9000 soles or $3000. The school supplies are the everyday materials children need throughout the year: pencils, pens, workbooks, paper, scissors, glue etc. However the cost of these supplies soon mount up. Through SKIP providing these for the children we are allowing them to start the new school year fully prepared. Your donations will allow us to use the rest of our funds to concentrate on our core work in the SKIP classroom.