It is thanks to the amazing support of all of our donors and volunteers that Picaflor House is able to continue its work, helping to give the children of Oropesa village a brighter future. So here we would like to highlight the generosity of some of our greatest supporters.
Picaflor House Champions
We’d like to say a huge thank you to our Picaflor House Champions – individuals and groups who have made a real difference to Picaflor House through significant one-off or ongoing donations. These gifts help us to cover Picaflor House running costs, to address urgent and unforeseen challenges and to expand our programmes to help even more children in Oropesa.
Lai Choi Kuen
After volunteering at Picaflor House in 2013, Choi, from Singapore, made a significant donation so that we were able to set up our much-needed kindergarten.
Now, the kindergarten employs a full time teacher and helps up to 20 pre-school children to prepare to enter into their first year of primary school and reduces the burden for child care for local families.
Choi continues to offer financial support to the kindergarten and from 2015 she also provides funds for our Healthy Snack programme which provides all the children at Picaflor House with a piece of fruit every day during break time. As of 2016, Picaflor House has been able to provide a nutritious lunch to 60 children, Monday to Friday thanks to the support of Choi and her family and friends. Thank you for all your help Choi!
Kristine de Bever
Kristine de Bever volunteered at Picaflor in October and November 2015 for five weeks, and assisted the project and teachers in English, kindergarten, geography, and art classes.
Originally from The Netherlands, but now living in Australia, Kristine certainly brought a range of insights, knowledge, and skills to Picaflor during her time here.
Not only was Kristine a wonderful addition to the Picaflor team during her volunteer placement, she and her family have become ongoing supporters of our work, and after she left Peru she was inspired to help Picaflor with much needed funds.
Thanks to her grandparent’s organisation, Carpe Diem, Picaflor House receives quarterly donations to assist with running costs.
We would therefore like to thank Kristine and her family for their generous, ongoing donations to the project. It makes a huge difference to our capabilities at Picaflor House. Thank you to Kristine and Carpe Diem!
Southern Crossings, a Peruvian travel agency based in Lima and run by American Kris Murphy has been supporting Picaflor House for many years through financial and material donations.
It’s safe to say that Southern Crossings’ biggest contribution to Picaflor House over the years has been to our Christmas party, or chocolatada. The chocolatada is a children’s Christmas party popular in Peru, especially in rural communities. Every year, the Picaflor House children enjoy their hot chocolate and sweet Christmas bread thanks to Kris and his team. Southern Crossings also help us to buy Christmas presents and goodies for the children who otherwise would not have an opportunity to celebrate this holiday.
Most recently, Southern Crossings has become monthly donors to Picaflor House, something which we benefit from greatly. Monthly donations are a great way to provide on-going support to Picaflor House as we aim to raise more money towards our running costs.
In December 2015 Picaflor House received a substantial corporate donation from UK insurance consultancy firm JHC Ltd. The company’s managing director, Julie Hopkins, had previously made a personal donation to Globalteer’s Cambodian community project when friends organised a fundraiser in the UK. Through them Julie came to learn about Picaflor House and our work in Oropesa and decided she wanted to help out.
She told us, “at JHC we choose a charity to support each year and felt we did not want to miss an opportunity to support an organisation that makes such a real difference to the education and wellbeing of these children. We will certainly be supporting this charity again this year.”
Whilst Julie hasn’t actually been to Picaflor House – yet – she is seriously thinking about paying a visit in the near future – and we will be delighted to show her around and introduce her to the children and staff. Thank you so much, Julie, your donation will really help us to cover all the unavoidable monthly bills at Picaflor House!
Two UK volunteers at Picaflor House in early 2015 were a great help with tidying up our garden and helping with building and site maintenance. During their stay they donated both their time and money, carrying out repairs on
various areas of Picaflor House including the installation of a new fence for the football pitch and a brand new drinking fountain complete with clean, filtered drinking water for the children.
Before leaving Peru they kindly offered to pay for ongoing maintenance at Picaflor House. This means that we will be able to continue to work on the garden at Picaflor House and ensure that the buildings and playground continue to be a safe place in which the children can play and learn. These two wonderful volunteers have asked to remain anonymous. But we know who they are and are extremely grateful for all their support!
Josephine Kirk-Mannering has, to date, raised thousands of pounds for Picaflor House through sales at her bric a brac stall outside her home in Devon, south west England.
Jo started off by selling second hand books from a single table outside her cottage, however, over the years the stall has grown, as has her customer base! Jo receives donations – including books and CDs, musical instruments, ornaments and china – from the general public and sells them to passers-by, local residents and holiday makers. Jo’s donations have helped pay for both the setting up of Picaflor House and its monthly running costs.
If you’re ever in the South West of England, please let us know and we can point you in the direction of Jo’s stall where not only can you get your hands on a bargain, but you’ll also be supporting Picaflor House! Thank you for your continued support over the years, Jo!
Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK)
Based in the north east England, Durham University’s ‘raising and giving’ group have raised and donated thousands of pounds for Picaflor House over the last five years.
DUCK have visited Picaflor House every year since 2014 and we’re looking forward to their next visit! Working as a team, they have had plenty of experience fundraising for Picaflor House and are a great help with maintenance and in classes.
How can I become a Picaflor House Champion?
If you would like details of our current fund raising needs and how you can become a Champion of Picaflor House, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you could become a Friend of Picaflor House by donating monthly.
Friends of Picaflor House
A huge thanks to all those who make monthly donations to Picaflor House and help us to cover our ongoing running costs such as rent and teachers’ salaries. Your continued support really helps us in our quest to achieve financial security and sustainability!
Diane Patterson, USA
Christine McAllen, UK
You can find out about the benefits of monthly giving here.
As well as helping us by providing us with an extra pair of hands, their time and ideas, individuals who come to volunteer at Picaflor House also make a monetary donation to the project, and our work would not be possible without them! Thank you to all of our past, future and current volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering at Picaflor House, you can find out more information and sign up here.