Weʼve raised £285 to enable me to volunteer in Peru for 4 weeks in 2020 with Camps International. I need to raise £890 by January 2019!
- Stotfold, UK
- Funded on Tuesday, 1st January 2019
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My overall target is £4,450 however this page is for the first payment of £890.
My name is Niamh Allen. I am currently 14 years old and will be 16 when I travel to Peru in the summer of 2020. I feel strongly about volunteering because I believe that self satisfaction comes from helping others less fortunate than myself. I am lucky, like most teens my age growing up in western society; I have a laptop, a mobile phone, I get to go out with my friends on social events and get Christmas and birthday presents. All the things we come to expect automatically...
Did you know that if you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, shoes on your feet and a roof over your head you are richer than 75% of the worlds population?
And to add to that, if you have a bank account and money in your wallet, you are richer than 92% of the worlds population!
A quarter of the Peruvian population live on the equivalent of just $2 a day!
Although Peru has one of the world's fastest-growing economies, the disparity between the rich and poor is still a very evident problem. For instance in Lima, there is a wall of shame. Literally a wall dividing the rich areas and the poor areas. It was initially put up over fears that the inhabitants from the poor neighbourhood would steal from wealthy fellow citizens living nearby. The structure, also nicknamed 'Peru's Berlin Wall' is made out of wire and cement and splits the neighbourhoods of San Juan de Miraflores and Surco.
Peru, is affected by many natural disasters due to being located in a seismic zone. Earthquakes, landslides, flooding and droughts impact the people of Peru, which means that a lot of money is spent on repairs and regeneration. Peruvian women make 30% less than their male counterparts and have partaken in marches and demonstrations to protest for their rights.
There has been a steady increase since 2005 in the number of children enrolled in Peruvian schools, with 72% of 3-5 year olds, 97% of 6-11 year olds and 91% of 12-16 year olds enrolling. However with 34% of children aged between 5-17 years of age working in the labour force, enrolment rates do not equal attendance rates and many of the children in rural and poverty stricken areas are forced to work having enrolled for school but never make it to the classroom.
Whilst in Peru I will be helping a large team to construct mud bricks to make schools and elderly homes, as well as greenhouses for families so they can grow their own vegetables, and will be working with the community and planting trees. I will also be visiting the indigenous tribes of lake Titicaca, who build their houses on floating islands made from reeds and will be trekking to Machu Picchu for 5 days. Over 60% of the funds raised for this trip go directly to the pockets of the people of Peru.
I aim to raise the majority of funds myself and hope that this will lead to obtaining a good set of financial and planning skills and I will be combining the trek with my Duke of Edinburgh Gold award and the ASDANS CoPE Level 3 award which accredits personal and social education with skills and enrichment activities. As well as completing my GCSE’s, attending theatre school for 7 hours a week and getting fit for the trip- I will be very busy!
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Dec 22, 2018
Merry Christmas xxx
Dec 21, 2018
All the best Niamh Allen
Dec 5, 2018
All the very best Niamh, hope you have an amazing time xx
Nov 30, 2018
What a fantastic opportunity!!Here’s something towards your goal
Nov 13, 2018
A wonderful aim for experience and achievement in Peru. Life will never be the same again afterwards! If you're going to make bricks for buildings, Keith and Nigel will be offering you a job!!xx
Nov 12, 2018
Good luck and enjoy it ! (from your mum's friend at work)
Nov 11, 2018
Good luck Niamh, lots of love Nan & grandad xxxx
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