Employees from Aberdeen Standard Investments visit children's project in Peru
On 11th – 15th September, 14 employees from across 7 of our valued corporate partner’s global offices, Aberdeen Standard Investments (Aberdeen, London, Philadelphia, New York, Tokyo, Milan, Luxembourg), embarked on a week-long visit to ChildHope’s partner CESIP, and the Aberdeen funded project in Lima - “Safe Schools: Promoting the protection of children and young people against mistreatment, sexual abuse and child labour”
The week was an opportunity for Aberdeen staff to see for themselves the difference their grant is making to ensure that schools are safe spaces for vulnerable children experiencing child labour, violence, abuse and exploitation.
Plans for the visit got off to a slightly rocky start, however, with news of a teachers strike in both Lima and Cusco which brought with it the danger that schools might not have reopened by the time of the visit. Fortunately, the strike was resolved the week before and went ahead as planned!
“It really was a fantastic trip and one I will never forget”
In Lima the group visited two schools in the north-east district of Huachipa– Alto Perú and El Paraíso – and got the opportunity to lead basic English lessons, participate in cultural exchange classes, and get involved in the school’s sports & games day. The group also helped to paint a mural as a memento of their visit, for which a drawing competition was held at the schools to select a winning sketch from one of the students.
They also visited another of CESIP’s project in Cusco not funded by Aberdeen Standard, “Prevention and Protection of girls and young people in situations of domestic work”, where they got to see an alternative basic education centre in San Sebastián district which ran in the evenings to allow working children to get an education. The group played English learning games with the young people, covering numbers, colours, and simple introductory phrases in English. Here they got a better understanding of the challenges faced by children and young people living in a rural context, especially for young migrant girls trapped in domestic work.
“We all had our world views changed by the trip”
Thank you to Aberdeen Standard and all the volunteers for their hard work! The schools and students from Lima and Cusco will remember this trip for a long time!
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