How You Can Help
Despite the wealth of tourist money that enters Cusco, the home of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage site of Machu Picchu, very little of that money filters down to the average Peruviann, who faces poverty and inequality.
In the current United Nations Human Development Index, Peru is ranked 77 out of 187 countries and, according to a recent World Bank report, an estimated 31% of the population lives below the poverty line.
This means a lack of education, effective healthcare and good nutrition affect the poorest the most. We hope to help the least fortunate live healthily, with dignity and with a future.
Our work is not possible without the invaluable support of our volunteers, donors and fundraisers.
Picaflor House volunteers come from a diverse range countries and backgrounds. We could not exist without the many volunteers who come from around the world to help.
Not only do their donations support our work, but the volunteers also teach English; they help with the maintenance and upkeep of Picaflor House; play games and sports; dance and make music; create incredible artworks.
They also help with practical tasks too, their back-breaking labour creating paths and sandpits, digging our garden, and painting our classrooms. They help tie shoelaces, wipe runny noses and give sad children big hugs, they laugh and sing and, sometimes when they’re leaving, shed a few tears.
If you would like to know more about the ‘ins and outs’ of volunteering at Picaflor House, visit our Volunteer page, or visit the Globalteer website, our partner organisation that handles all our volunteer applications.
We, the staff and children of Picaflor House, thank you all most sincerely for your generous contributions.
All volunteer applications are handled through our parent organisation, Globalteer, a UK-registered charity (number 1119706) providing volunteer support and funding development for projects overseas. If you would like to volunteer with us, please click on the Globalteer logo:
What we achieve is only possible with your generous support
No matter how large or how small, your donations are very welcome – even a small amount of money goes a long way in Peru! For example:
£30 or $45 provides 1 month of training for our local teachers
£40 or $60 provides 1 month of art supplies for 50 children
£100 or $150 would allow us to run homework help classes for 1 month, benefiting 50 children.
£170 or $255 covers the cost of running one class, taught 5 days per week for all primary school-aged children attending Picaflor House, for one month.
By donating to Picaflor House you will be playing a hugely important part in ensuring that we continue to provide a safe, friendly and educational space for some of the poorest children of Oropesa – where we can help to give them a hand up in life and a chance for them and their families to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Whilst the exact needs of Picaflor House can vary we guarantee that all donations are used in accordance with our charitable objectives, as required by the UK Charities Commission. We are always open to ideas on how you would like your donation to be used, but we reserve the right to make the final decision on how funds are invested.
You can make a secure donation via Pay Pal by clicking on the Pay Pal button below
Pay Pal allows you to make a one-off gift OR regular monthly donations which will help enormously cover the running costs of Picaflor House such as rent, water, electricity and, of course, our wonderful teachers’ salaries. By using Pay Pal you can also donate in ANY currency. It is easy to set up an account and is safe and secure to use.
If you are unable to use Pay Pal for any reason, one-off payments in £ Sterling can be made via Virgin Money Givingby clicking the button below.
There are hundreds of ways you can fundraise for us.
Some supporters have, for example, organised raffles, held dinner parties, sold items bought in Peru at markets in their home towns, taken part in sponsored bike rides, and given talks and presentations to friends and colleagues “at home” who have then made contributions.
You can find a ton of great ideas here.