Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Supporting Education in Peru



A quick Internet search of popular New Year's resolutions includes living healthier, learning something new, and helping others.  Goals that tie in nicely with our mission of making a meaningful difference in people's lives. 

This past summer, the Fair Indigo Foundation made donations to two impoverished schools in Peru.  One of the schools we visited is the Serapis Elementary School, located in the high Andes of northern Peru.  It serves rural children who would otherwise have to walk many miles down the mountain to attend school.
When we visited last summer, there was no running water or electricity; although trucks were delivering electrical poles while we were at the school and we are hopeful the lights have been turned on by now. 
As you can imagine, along with the scarcity of basic services like water and electricity, school supplies are also lacking so our donation of books, paper, markers and pencils was met with many smiles.   

Among other challenges children face in this rural community is getting even one nutritional meal each day.  Breakfast and lunch are prepared daily by the teachers and parent volunteers giving students the energy they need to learn and grow.

Our "Joobles" line of fair trade organic stuffed animals are made at cooperatives that serve as the economic building blocks of the organization that oversees these programs.


Watch an interview with Inez who was instrumental in founding the Serapis School, giving children an opportunity to attend class close to home.

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