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Founded in 2007, LAFF is a UK-registered charity that works through partnership with local organisations in Peru to support marginalised and at-risk children. We work closely with partner organisations in Cusco and Lima, supporting young people whose lives have been directly and profoundly affected by a wide range of social issues. Poverty, unemployment, family violence, sexual and physical abuse, lack of education, homelessness and teenage pregnancy leave too many children in Peru vulnerable, socially excluded, and lacking opportunities. Working with and through our partners, LAFF reaches out to these children and young people, helping them to build a better future for themselves.

We envision a world where all young people have access to education and better life opportunities

To empower vulnerable young people in Latin America - and the organisations that work with them - to build a better future for themselves

Quality over quantity Sustainability and independence Participation and partnership To do more with less, as a non-profit Commitment and passion


LAFF is registered as a Charitable Trust. Our Trust Deed defines the charity’s Objectives as being: “i. To relieve the suffering and distress of people in Latin America who have been afflicted by violence or abuse. ii. The preservation and protection of good health among Latin American children. iii. The advancement of education, the promotion of good health, the relief of poverty among women and children in Latin America, in particular by supporting and assisting the charitable work of children's welfare homes and women's refuges. iv. The relief of financial hardship, either generally or individually, of people living in Latin America by making grants of money for providing or paying for items, services or facilities.“ The Trustees have complied with their duty in section 4 of The Charities Act 2006 to have due regard to our public benefit guidance when exercising any powers or duties to which the guidance is relevant. Charity Trustees have given consideration to the major risks to which the charity is exposed and satisfied themselves that systems or procedures are established in order to manage those risks. The Trustees declare that they have approved the Trustees’ Report that follows. Signed on behalf of the charity’s Trustees.

Sarah Oakes

Pete Howson

Chair

Trustee

30th Jan 2018

30th Jan 2018


LAFF is made up of a volunteer Trustee Board, a paid Programme Manager and a large team of skilled international volunteers working in Peru and remotely. Access to this broad skill set increases our ability to provide needsspecific support in a variety of areas for our partner organisations, as well as keep our operational costs down, making effective use of every donation received.

We are governed by seven trustees who ensure that our work stays true to our values and meets our objectives. New members of the board are appointed by existing members. In 2016-17 the following trustees shared their professional expertise with LAFF: Sarah Oakes (Founder and Director), Jenna Lloyd (Communications and Marketing), Maria Paula Jaramillo (Programmes), Pete Howson (People), Sarah Warry (Fundraising), Matt Kinsella (Performance, Strategy and Governance), Rui Lopes (Finance and Treasurer).


LAFF works with partner organisations to improve the prospects of disadvantaged and at-risk young people that have suffered abuse, neglect or discrimination. Our programmes are structured around three main strategic goals and all work towards increasing the independence and sustainability of the children, our partner organisations and LAFF itself.


Sacred Valley Project is a nonprofit organisation based in Ollantaytambo and Calca, Peru, dedicated to improving access to education for girls from very lowincome families in remote, mountain communities of the Sacred Valley. Their mission is to provide safe and nurturing accommodation, educational resources and nutritious meals for these girls, so that they are able to continue and complete secondary education and become knowledgeable and empowered young women.

Mosqoy aims to promote educational and cultural rights for Andean communities in Peru. They run a textile revitalisation programme, using profits from fairly-traded hand-woven textiles to support local community development projects. They also provide scholarships for talented young people from these communities, enabling them to access and complete higher education and gain the knowledge, confidence and tools they need to support their families and communities to break out of poverty.

Ruwasunchis provides a safe and enriching space for young people and women in the shanty town of Manchay, on the outskirts of Lima. Through workshops, they support learning and raise aspirations of young people, helping them see that their options are not limited and that they too deserve a future full of dignity and happiness.


100% of our beneficiaries - 72 children and young people in total - were able to access education, with uniforms, school materials and fees paid for. 16 girls from remote rural Andean villages were supported to live at a dormitory in Ollantaytambo, and were able to attend secondary school, with transport, materials and tutoring to help them overcome the disadvantages of their rural background so they could get the most out of school. In addition to transport, materials and tutoring, 16 girls from remote rural Andean villages in Calca had access to a maths tutor, helping them pass exams and progress to the next academic year.

All 32 Sacred Valley Project girls had supervised access to internet, giving them access to information and learning material to support their studies. The daughter of one former resident of Casa Mantay, home for teenage mothers, was supported to take her university entrance exam. At-risk children at the home Azul Wasi counted on a year-round caring tutor. 5 children of young mothers at Casa Mantay had access to after school support, giving them a safe place to play and increase their academic capacity, and their mothers the opportunity to study and work. 11 teenage mothers at Casa Mantay were able to continue with their schooling, helping them complete secondary education.


Casa Mantay received a new laptop and technical equipment.

5 talented young people were able to realise their potential at higher level institutes: Gloria from Casa Mantay and Epifanio from Azul Wasi studying gastronomy, Zoraida from Casa Mantay studying hotel administration, Wilmer from Azul Wasi pursuing a degree in tourism, and Dante from Azul Wasi beginning to attend university in March 2017.

Through our partnership with InglĂŠs Superior, 3 Mosqoy students were able to receive free English classes, helping them pass their English exams at their institutes, a requirement in order to graduate.


In 2016-17, LAFF delivered 69 workshops and two sports days at Azul Wasi, Casa Mantay and Sacred Valley Project, helping 61 children and young people improve their academic skills in reading and writing, as well as their ability to solve problems, work as part of a team, manage negative emotions and get to know themselves better.

16 girls from Sacred Valley Project in Ollantaytambo participated in four workshops on sexual and reproductive health, helping them break down taboos about sex and contraception and empowering them to take control of their bodies.

“The girls love LAFF workshops because they have a lot of fun doing creative and interactive activities. This breaks up their daily routine with school and homework. It is something they look forward to during the week.� - Gaby, Manager, Sacred Valley Project

As part of our career guidance programme, we hosted a careers fair with 11 professionals from different professional sectors, providing career advice to 30 young people from all Cusco partner organisations.


More individualised career advice support was provided to 15 young people from Mosqoy, Azul Wasi and Sacred Valley Project.

One to one workshops on CV writing and accessing internships were held with 11 Mosqoy students.

Two workshops were held with 3 Sacred Valley Project girls to help them identify their best skills, career and further education options. Dante from Azul Wasi was supported in deciding which subject to follow at university and subsequent career prospects.

We were able to secure an internship for a Mosqoy student, Fernando with a travel agency in Cusco. By completing this placement, he was able to graduate and secure employment.


Growing up in Tancaac, a small rural town, Elvira saw her future as a choice between marrying, raising a family and working the land or entering a convent to become a nun. This belief dramatically changed when a representative from Mosqoy informed students at her school there was a new scholarship programme which would enable them to go to higher education. After much hard work, Elvira proved to Mosqoy that she was deserving of the scholarship and went on to study Hotel Administration. During this time, she lived in the Mosqoy house with students from other communities. Here, she learnt invaluable skills such as patience and tolerance, as well as gaining a sense of independence and responsibility. Going from strength to strength, Elvira achieved the grades to take part in a cultural exchange programme with the University of Victoria, British Columbia. While living with a host family that spoke little Spanish, Elvira rapidly improved her English fluency. This experience helped Elvira secure a stable work contract at a hotel for two years. Progressing from this, she landed herself a job working for Inca Rail, one of Peru’s leading train operators for journeys to and from Machu Picchu. Elvira has excelled in this role, as she is confident working with tourists. We wish Elvira the very best for a very successful future in tourism!


Supported Azul Wasi to plan the second floor construction of a dormitory and find funding for the tiling and flooring. This allowed the boys to move from the old dormitory to a safer, warmer one, improving their living standards.

Arranged for two house educators from Sacred Valley Project and Mosqoy to attend training on how to work with children and young people with behavioural issues. By training the house educators, our partners were able to improve the quality of care offered to the young people.

Finalised two handbooks for partners and allies on key aspects to look for when setting up a social enterprise and on fundraising strategies. This information will support their efforts to generate income and become more financially stable.

Carried out a fundraising workshop at Yachay Wasi, helping them identify different fundraising revenues.

Supported Mosqoy to conduct research on foundations and trusts that could support their educational programme.

Hosted a fundraising workshop for members of the Red Semilla Nueva, a local network of NGOs that work with disadvantaged and at-risk young people, focusing on fundraising techniques, grant writing strategies, and creating online campaigns to reach new audiences.


In order to help partner organisations become financially sustainable, we have continued to support them in the development of their social enterprises. In 2016-17, LAFF worked closely with Sacred Valley Project´s social enterprise, T´anta Wasi, a bakery in the town of Ollantaytambo, supporting with: Bakery completion and grand opening in July 2016. Recruitment of the best baker possible by holding baker try outs. Additional training for the baker. An experienced volunteer accountant, to set up a system to record income and expenses. This helped them identify which products were selling well and where the bakery was making a loss. With this information, our experienced volunteers helped them devise marketing strategies to improve sales.

Re-design and re-modeling of the bakery to make it more inviting and increase sales. Provided hands-on support and guidance to the bakery´s manager.


Developing promotional material to be handed out in the shop, explaining the aims of the enterprise.

Acting as the point of contact for shop assistants, improving communication between them and the home and providing them with guidance.

Helping identify and implement strategic use of social media to promote the products.

Establishing the new shop, helping with the layout, lighting and design.

Providing ongoing training for shop assistants to help them improve their customer service skills in both Spanish and English.

Supporting the enterprise to analyse its finances, through the support of an expert volunteer.


Without the generosity of trusts and foundations, schools, businesses and individuals, we would not be able to continue to support our partner organisations and the children they work with. Thank you to all of our supporters for donating to LAFF this year! Here are some highlights:

This past year Reddendi and LAFF established a fundraising partnership to generate support for LAFF´s education programme. Reddendi donated £12 per tie from their South America collection. Each tie sold funded the equivalent of one year of school fees for a child in Peru. We are grateful for this partnership and the support it has brought to LAFF!

Students and staff at Solihull School have continuously supported our work since LAFF was founded. Over the years they have organised fundraising events like Christmas fairs, sold sweets at school plays and even donated babysitting money. We are incredibly thankful for their continued passion and support!


We are proud to have such a dedicated family of volunteers in Cusco and across the world. Their continuous support enables us to access an extensive pool of talent and skills, and to respond to the needs of our partner organisations. As a volunteer led organisation, volunteers are the ones behind the scenes making sure that we meet our objectives. This year LAFF had 34 full time, local and remote volunteers providing support on the ground in Cusco and online. In total they gave us 8,489 volunteer hours – time which would have cost £101,874 - almost double our yearly budget!


Donations - one off and regular Volunteer Fundraising, Challenges & Events Trusts, Foundations & Corporate Support Gift Aid Memorial fundraising Interest on High Interest Account

Fundraising costs Management, administration and fees Grants Project Support Other Currency Exchange


Charity Name Latin American Foundation for the Future (LAFF)

No (if any) 1125872

Receipts and payments accounts Period start date

For the period from

Apr-16

CC16a

Period end date

To

Mar-17

Section A Receipts and payments Unrestricted funds

Restricted funds

Endowment funds

Total funds

Last year

to the nearest £

to the nearest £

to the nearest £

to the nearest £

to the nearest £

A1 Receipts Donations - one off and regular

3,001

6,183

-

9,185

Volunteer Fundraising, Challenges & Events

6,105

6,287

-

12,392

4,985

12,412

21,567

-

33,978

42,506

1,026

-

-

1,026

2,449

285

100

-

385

485

9

-

-

9

11

-

56,974

54,841

Trusts, Foundations & Corporate Support Gift Aid Memorial fundraising Interest on High Interest Account

Sub total

22,838

A2 Asset and investment sales, etc.

Total receipts A3 Payments

34,136

4,405

-

-

-

-

-

22,838

34,136

-

56,974

54,841

6,857

Unrestricted funds

Restricted funds

Fundraising costs

5,452

-

5,452

Management, administration and fees

5,168

1,590

-

6,758

1,626

10,610

30,215

-

40,826

30,639

11,292

10,597

Grants Project Support

9,244

2,048

-

-

-

-

31

-

30,506

33,853

Other Currency Exchange

Sub total A4 Asset and investment purchases, etc.

-

Total payments Net of receipts/(payments) A5 Transfers between funds A6 Cash funds last year end Adjustment to prior year balance

Cash funds this year end

-

-

-

-

31

333

64,358

50,053

-

-

30,506

33,853

-

7,668

284

-

37,044

12,430

-

29,376

12,713

-

-

64,358

50,053

7,384

4,788

49,473

44,685

42,089

49,473

-

Section B Statement of assets and liabilities at the end of the period Categories

B1 Cash funds

Details

Unrestricted funds

Restricted funds

Endowment funds

to nearest £

to nearest £

to nearest £

High interest account

15,075

Regular account

13,667

Petty Cash

12,713

-

633

Total cash funds (agree balances with receipts and payments account(s))

29,376 OK

12,713 OK

Unrestricted funds

Restricted funds

Endowment funds

to nearest £

to nearest £

to nearest £

Details

B2 Other monetary assets

-

-

-

-

-

-

Fund to which asset belongs

Details

Fund to which asset belongs

Fund to which liability relates

-

-

-

Current value (optional)

Cost (optional)

B4 Assets retained for the charity’s own use Details

Current value (optional)

Cost (optional)

B3 Investment assets

Details

OK

-

-

-

-

Amount due (optional)

When due (optional)

-

B5 Liabilities

-

Signed by one or two trustees on behalf of all the trustees

Signature

Print Name

Date of approval

Sarah Oakes

31/01/2018


Reserves The board of Trustees have reviewed the agreed minimum reserve level of the charity and agree that this should be set at between ÂŁ10,000 and ÂŁ15,000, which would cover at least three months of recurrent expenditure, ensure enough resources to support projects for the same length of time and complete any outstanding projects. Any amount above the minimum reserve will be distributed as necessary. However due to the diverse needs of the partners we support; we can foresee situations where income above the minimum reserve level is held for longer periods of time, which is in the best interests of our partners in the long term. This policy will continue to be reviewed annually by the Trustees. Our grant-making policy Grants for project work are usually issued to local partners. All local partners are fully autonomous organisations with their own financial management and governance structures. The allocation of grants is determined through close dialogue with potential grant recipients. Funds are only granted to organisations with whom we have ongoing relationships. These partners undergo extensive needs assessments on an annual basis to establish capacity needs, organisational needs, beneficiary needs and programme activity for the year ahead. Partner organisation activity is monitored and evaluated on a regular basis through our Peru-based Programme Manager and on the ground volunteer team. Grant recipients are required to provide narrative and financial reports on project activities on a regular basis.


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