The Picaflor House Community Project is located in the village of Oropesa, a 50-minute bus ride from the centre of Cusco, Peru. Originally established in November 2010 by Globalteer, a UK-registered not-for-profit charity, Picaflor House achieved Peruvian NGO status in September 2011.
Picaflor House provides education to the children of Oropesa and several small villages in the surrounding rural area. These children attend the project from 2.30 to 5pm Monday to Friday, outside of state school hours. We have started with English language classes, homework assistance and a general education programme, and plan to expand this programme in the future to include computer training, a kindergarten and support for local families. All classes are provided free to the local community.
Many of the children attending the project must help their families earn an income. They also look after their siblings and do household chores. Picaflor House offers a safe environment for children to play and just be children, away from the worries and burdens of everyday survival.
Our long term aim is to increase sustainability, and we intend to achieve this by teaching skills, enabling employment and, potentially, the establishment of small businesses.