Created in 2003, SKIP is a non-profit organisation helping economically-disadvantaged children in El Porvenir realise their right to an education. We are currently working on the north coast of Peru, in the impoverished districts that surround the city of Trujillo.
Our team is comprised of volunteers from the community of El Porvenir and Trujillo as well as volunteers from overseas.
SKIP is a non-profit organisation helping economically-disadvantaged children in El Porvenir to realise their right to an education.
- We promote quality education and foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives.
- We work in partnership with families through holistic programmes focusing on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and parent.
At the end of 2003 SKIP - Supporting Kids In Peru - was founded. Two working groups were formed: one of them headed by Julie Cullimore, who worked on fundraising from England, and the other headed by Duncan Turner, who stayed in Peru to carry out the project.
From the beginning of the project, the members became involved with the realities of the districts of Trujillo and started contacting associations such as mother's clubs, popular canteens and local leaders. The group worked with Esperanza, Florencia de Mora and El Porvenir districts looking for an appropriate place to start the project. After much hard work, they chose El Porvenir district because of its great need for school education support.
SKIP's goals motivated many local professionals who quickly joined in this mission. Thanks to local support 85 children from primary school were successfully selected. Many of these children had never studied before and were already too old to go to primary school. With the help of volunteer teachers the children were able to enter school by passing the placement exams.
SKIP decided to keep developing the project and provide training to parents so that they could create their own businesses, obtain a regular income and prevent the need for their children to work. Even at this early stage of the programme, the need for holistic support was already recognised.
The following year - 2005 - it was decided to concentrate the activities in one place, El Indoamericano, a school in Rio Seco, in order to be located in a central point for all families.
SKIP continued carrying out projects that became increasingly large and required more and more time and space. In this year we obtained our own premises and using community collaboration, built our own office at the site where our main community centre is today.
In 2005 Duncan finally left Peru and so SKIP's Directorship was passed over and would be headed by different Directors each year until stability returned in 2009 when the current Director Liz Wilson took up the post.
In 2006 good fortune came SKIP's way as we were awarded a large JP Morgan grant for $25,000 based on a proposal to double the number of children in the programme from 200 to 400. In reality it became evident that this was not going to be sufficient funds to sustainably increase numbers in this way and so we settled for a more gradual 50% increase instead.
Construction took place again in 2007 as we built walls around the Community Centre and marked out the land now officially given to us by the Municipality. By 2008 thanks to the help of local businessman Wilbur Oliveros, we were able to add another three classrooms to our premises. Unlike our previous classrooms which were wooden, these were built from cement and made for a much more stimulating learning environment.
Having used working groups to come up with a clear mission and vision for the organisation in 2008, the foundations had now been set. For 2009 we began to think about programme development and worked to redefine the programmes and create more structure. This carried through until 2010 when we really started to push community engagement resulting in a dramatic increase in participation in the programmes. Alongside this we set out a much more coherent education programme for the children, facilitated by a doubling in both volunteer numbers and income on the previous year, enabling us to increase service provision.
For 2011 and 2012, SKIP worked tirelessly to gain full registration as an international NGO in Peru and received recognition from the relevant agencies within the APCI which monitors the activities of NGO's in Peru. This led to our ability to finally grant volunteering visas to long term volunteers in 2013.
We look forward to updating this history as the time passes, with more and more stories of our successes and achievements.