founderes have searched for workable and affordable solutions to the large number
of poor children who fail to receive that essential key to a better life: Education.
Starting with the Educational Communication Association in the mid 1960s to founding
SOS International in the mid 1970s to the many experamental and pilot projects
undertaken throughout the 1990s and early part of the 21st century. All culminating
with the creation of our current SUCCESSFUL method of recruiting, motivating,
preparing and getting educated the poorest element of LAtin American society.In
the past three years we have gotten more than two thousand out-of-school children
into into formal educational educational instutions. We have gotten them off the
street, inbto one of our shanty schools; and when they have cought up with children
who have been going to school all along: we regisdtrer them and sponsor them in
a State or private school. After we have registered them in formal institutions,
paid for their uniforms, school materials, events fees and transport (if appropriate),
for the next two years we will stay in close contact with the children we are
sponsoring: we make certain they carry on with their education. So far over 80%
are still in school when the two years ends.
There is a great need for
this programme, or one like it which succeeds in tackling the great problem of
the poorest children missing the opportunity of education. In 2006 we began to
shift our emphasis to demonstrating this simple programme to Governments and larger
NGOs in the hope they will take onboard this proven method of helpingf poor children
Peru, for example, 26% of school age children are not in school. [We
can prove it] We and our volunteers have found a way to recruit these children,
educate them to make up for all the years they have missed. Prepare them to pass
the entrance examinations for the grades they belong in. We help pay their registration
fees, uniforms, class materials. Then we support them in school for two years:
until they are well launched as young people becoming educated. It works.
is an account of just one group of children, recruited in a slum in early 2005.
This is a pictorial account of their pàssagfe through our programme, into
national school, and beyond.
foto story starts at the upper left.
month or six weeks for the next two years, with cooperation from the schools,
our staff and volunteers have been visiting the children in their schools, Bruce
Peru Club meetings. With the school's cooperation we bring the children together
for a meeting, game playing, refreshments (sometimes a clown or musician accompanies
our staff and volunteers).
social worker checks on the childrens progress at school and life at home. It
reinforces children who have no family support or live in abusive homes.
is the second Club meeting, August 2005. Social worker on left, Gavin Moloy
in the centre, singer/songwriter on the right.|
are photos from our last Club meeting
with these dear children, held
23 May 2007.