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SKIP is a charity registered in Peru, the US and the UK, working towards a Peru where each child realizes his or her full potential through quality education, economically stable families and healthy home environments. As part of our education programs, each year we provide school uniforms and shoes to 125 of the children involved in SKIP, which equates to about half. 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.

It is claimed that education is free in Peru but there are hidden costs, such as the purchase of compulsory school uniforms, that are prohibitive for families living in poverty. Through covering these costs, we empower families to prioritise education for their children without incurring financial consequences that they are unable to afford or that may lead to children needing to work. From our experience we know there are multiple additional reasons why school uniforms are important for the families we work with:

1) School uniforms can be "kept for best" where families don't have enough money to keep a set of clothes for this purpose.

2) School uniforms allow children to be equals with their peers, free from judgment based on the clothes that they are wearing.

3) School uniforms help children to identify with and take pride in their school.

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, 80% of whom live on an average income of $1.23 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. Your donations will allow us to use the rest of our funds to concentrate on our core work in the SKIP classroom.

History

The systems of poverty confronting families in El Porvenir inhibit children's early academic growth and cognitive stimulation. Our education program was created to complement the regular school system and help to combat any disadvantage that could be compounded by the education children receive in the under-resourced and overcrowded public schools of El Porvenir.

Our program directly supports the children at school with help to finance their school education, including fees, uniforms and materials for school. We also offer a safe place to come every day after school to complete homework or read in the library. In addition to this, we provide additional lessons in English, Math, and Communication and a number of extra-curricular activities such as Art and Sport to supplement the classes at school.

Impact

Our vision: Every child in El Porvenir develops sufficient abilities, attitudes and values to break the cycle of poverty, and to realise a healthy and productive, and satisfying life.

Providing school uniforms and shoes for each one of the children in SKIP has a direct impact on the family's finances as the cost of a uniform is the equivalent of almost a whole month's worth of food budget for one child. By giving a child the gift of a uniform and a pair of shoes, you will help the family to have sufficient money to spend on food, basic hygiene, and making sure that their children are healthy and able to get the most out of their time at, school, at SKIP, and in the rest of their lives.

The level of poverty that the children live in means this expenditure could be the difference between adequate amounts of food and malnutrition.

Team Credentials

SKIP has a team of 11 staff, 10 of whom are Peruvian. They are ably supported by approximately 140 volunteers per year. In 2015 we welcomed 19 Peruvian volunteers and 113 International volunteers from all over the world. In addition to this, some of our service users volunteer their time as classroom assistants.

Updates

  • February 20 Update from the Field

    [b][u]Monday 20th February 2017[/u][/b] [img]/images/user/39155_16217421086643611422.png[/img] Today was the final day of the SKIP initiative to provide the families whom we support with the adequate school supplies and equipment necessary to enable their education. Although the public education system in Peru is theoretically free, children are not allowed to attend without a uniform and the cost of purchasing this can be prohibitive to families living in poverty. This can mean children do not get enrolled in school because the family can't afford to provide what they need. The children SKIP works with are about to return to school for their new academic year, some are about to start school for the very first time. SKIP supports families by providing new school uniforms and shoes for children in the programme every two years. When families do not correspond to receive a new uniform, we facilitate swaps with other families, if children have outgrown their uniform. This year SKIP...
  • Update from the field

    [b][u]Monday 6th February 2017 (Morning)[/u][/b] [img]/images/user/39155_14718818756930867673.png[/img] Today was the final day of supporting the parents and carers in writing their desired stationery lists and informing them of the purpose of the task. The SKIP social work team had been meeting with the families for several weeks to go through what stationery each child needs, depending on their grade at school. Although the goal was to have all the parents come to a meeting with the team, prior to the stationery hand out, this was not a viable option for all as some work, some have caring responsibilities and some have child care commitments. The social work team helped the parents and carers who could attend, figure out what equipment their children needed and supported them in totalling up their lists to ensure it met the 50 soles limit. The aim of this task, whilst essential for deciding what they needed, was also a means of engaging and empowering the parents, carers and child...

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