Quest4Change

Quest School Villa Maria

Providing a good education at the Quest Primary School for 180 children in Villa Maria del Triunfo, the largest shanty town in Peru, where overcrowding and a lack of formal infrastructure have resulted in extreme poverty which acutely affects the development of children in the district.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117956)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£800

Amount raised

£800

Donations

3

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • A school which is a beacon of hope in their community

    — La Vida, project sponsor

  • A school which is a beacon of hope in their community

    — La Vida, project sponsor

Situation

The Peruvian shanty town of Villa Maria is one of the largest in the world, home to over 700,000 people. Here, overcrowding and a lack of formal infrastructure have resulted in extreme poverty which acutely affects the development of children in the district. Education is compulsory in Peru but in Villa Maria there are too few public schools to meet demand. This often leads to children seeing no other way forward than getting involved in with gangs and drugs.

Solution

Working closely with the local community we established a small pre-primary school in 2003, offering either subsidised or free education to the poorest children. Over the years we have expanded to take in 180 children between 3 and 11 years. The Quest School supports our other work supporting families in Villa Maria, helping to interrupt the cycle of poverty in the area - on average, each extra year of schooling increases a person’s adult wages by nearly 10%.