Pintana invasion, where extremely poor Chilenos recently
occupied vacant Goverenment land, and are in the process
of forming a community. Bruce Chile, as we have in other
invasions in orher countires, will provide the first basic
education to their children. CLICK
Project in Chile.
Cynthia is training in Peru to help start our programme
for the poorest children in Santiago de Chile. Tom,
our Chairman, and Richard, our Santiago project co-ordinator
are already in place. Ana Tere, Bruce and Cynthia joined
him in early March.
We pursue our mission of getting Latin America's out-of-school
children [20% of all kids] educated in 3 phases:
1- Find the children
2- Teach them, then integrate them into regular schools.
Launch a campaign
to make the Government recognize these children and take over
our work of getting them educated.
|It takes 2 Years !.
When we find a child, convince the mother to let us get him
or her educated, take them into our little school, give them
their first lessons; finally get them up to the level of education
for their age, and matriculate them into a state school (paying
for uniforms and all expenses): our work for that child is
only just begun (2 years)
Above are club meetings 7
We continue to work with each child, and will do so for the
next two years. Visiting every month for a "Club Meeting"
, at which we monitor their progress, give prizes, work with
their techers, our Social Workers see how things are going at
school, at home: and we pay for wehatever their parents cannon
or will not. We do this for two years.
more than 2 years we have been preparing for and fretting over
our project to help pregnant at-risk teens, and finally - in
January - we got it off the ground. Now it flies.
poor children being prepared to enter school for the first time.We
have given each centre a target of how many children we hope
to prepare and register for school by this December. Trujillo
is on target. Huaraz is optemistic.Waiting for word from Cajamarca
and Malabrigo. Total:
Our campaign: "DON'T
FEEL SORRY FOR STREET CHILDREN!" is beginning to pick up momentum
in centres where lots of international tourists are encountering soschile's
child laborers on a daily basis.The object of the campaign
is to recruit volunteers from the tourist population who visit soschile
Most unschooled kids
are in Santiago & Concepcion
Santaigo InformationTaking voluntees applications now.
With help from our
friends we will soon be opening our centre in Santiago. We will
send our volunteers out from there to satellite centres
in the Santiago barrios, and there they will help Chile's
poorest children. VOLUNTEERS APPLY NOW
HIV / AIDS pandemic thrives
in Latin America
the publisher of the book "WHAT'S A VIRUS ANYWAY
", ,has contributed a quantity of these marvelous
|The UN has declared
that the number infected with HIV/AIDS in Latin America
is greater than that of Europe and the USA combined.
If you live in one of these countries you would not know
this - it is not reported in the media, talked about in
the chambers of Government. They are in denial. But we
know it is there, children and families in the communities
we help are suffering: and there is little help available._______________________
This is the BEST book we have ever found for helping young
children deal with HIV/AIDS - thank you Sherrill: we will
make them go far and serve many,
Our satellite projects send
Bruce Organisation volunteers into the most deprived barrios
where the poorest children live. Local
volunteers are helping.
First satellite centres were
here, Cerro Pesqueda, and La Esperanza. Oen Monday some years
ago, this barren brick building - without water or electricity
(kindly made available to us by the Mayor of Pesqueda) - was
converted into a three classroom mini school. Here 27 unschooled
children were waiting for us to begin preparing them for school.
country in Latin America has about 20% of its children
not attending school. But Governments do not admit this,
nor does UNICEF. We, however, know these children are
out there, and we can prove it. We can also demonstrate
that it is relatively simple to help them into school
and to keep them there. We do this every place we set