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.