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Recent Video of typical Bruce Org School:

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

Our mission in Latin America & how we realised it:

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our 16 years, we have opened more than 100 informal schools, educated nearly 10,000 Street kids and tackled the Governments of 8 countries about their failure to educate these children on their own. One positive change we have witnessed - without claiming over much credit ourselves – is that the Ministry of Education in Peru now has its own chain of informal schools for Street Kids throughout the entire country. Three other Governments, with whom we made of ourselves nuisances, have improved their educational offering to their street kids, but none so well as Peru. We dearly hope all these countries will carry on until they reach a similar happy conclusion for their poorest children. Here we are determined to support our current group of children through to their graduation in January. Which of course is why we are asking help to keep the doors open through the full term, Christmas party and graduation. We have takers, other NGOs, who will assume responsibility for this iconic little school at the end of the current term. We therefore launch this crowdfunding campaign in order to complete this current school term, and graduate the little dears. So give now. Hope you like our perks. PS: If this campaign succeeds in raising the emergency amount + enough to carry on longer; when February arrives; instead of turning our beloved school over to another NGO: we will simply carry on running it as we have done all these years. That will be GREAT. Hugs from a.ll of us An even farther back 'BACK STORY': In the year 2000 we converted our 25 year old NGO into what we hoped would be a social battering ram that we could use to bang against South American Governments which we had discovered were failing to educate the poorest quarter of their children. Perhaps worse, they were all covering it up, so that activist individuals and organisations which should have advocated for these millions of poor children, could not even know they needed this type of help. [For example, Peru was in the habit of claiming year after year that 96% of its children were in school. And UNICEF perpetuated this myth by publishing the same 96% statistic in its regular annual report for South America].
We registered our little NGO in various Latin American countries, and as soon as we were able: presented our evidence about overlooked Street Kids to the Minister of Education and the Minister for Women, in Lima. They rejected our facts out of hand and sent us away.
When we started in Peru the Press took a disproportionate interest in us and what we were doing. So we gave two interviews where we outlined what we had discovered, and its implications for Peruvian society and Street Kids in particular. These became front page stories in the leading periodicals.
Soon after a Lieutenant in the National Police let us know that if we continued to pursue our troublesome course, our NGO would have its accreditation lifted and we could be asked to leave the country.
Faced with this we delayed the direct confrontation campaign, in favour of operating our own chain of informal free schools for Street kids; this, to gain hands on experience and gather more evidence: all in the cause of getting the Govt to do better for the poorest children.
We opened first in Trujillo, then Lima and during the next four years we opened schools throughout the country. Eventually, throughout most of South America.
Street kids, we found, are relatively easy to recruit and enrol, and before long we could demonstrate that the poorest children (so long as they are not on drugs) are as easy to educate as the rest of the population. And we duly reported this. But the Ministry of Education remained deaf to our claims.
We therefore presented our findings to members of the Legislature. But they too rebuffed us.
In desperation we took our case back to the press and spoke at universities. We invited all to either confirm or refute our findings. They responded positively. At last someone was listening. Soon universities were able to add their own voices to our claim that a quarter of Peru's children failed to receive education from he State. And the Press helped make this a 'Cause Celeb'.
The Government remained above this as much as they could. So we, with reporters and university students behind us, rallied our children, teachers and volunteers for a march on the National Legislature. When we arrived a number of congressmen came out of the chamber, and with TV cameras rolling and reporters interviewing: signed our petition, demanding equal education for all Peruvian Children.
 

"LES US LEARN" media & Street Campaign:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  It took another two years for the Ministry, having been embarrassed by us in the public media, to overcome their hostility and invite us to collaborate with the them in setting up informal schools like ours in the the´poorest barrios of the 10 largest cities of Peru. Simultaneously we were opening schools and pushing the same agenda with the Governments of 7 other Latin American countries..