Azul Wasi Bares Fruits Over the last four years we’ve worked closely with Azul Wasi, a home for boys deemed to be ‘at high risk’, living on the streets of Cusco or from vulnerable backgrounds. Initially helping Azul Wasi to get off the ground with essential infrastructure investments such as a water tank and tower, kitchen equipment, sinks and bedding, our support then moved towards education, vocational training and sustainability initiatives. As well as funding the boys’ annual schooling costs (uniforms, school registration fees, books, stationary, homework-related and transport costs and the home’s guardian), LAFF has also funded sustainability initiatives such as investment in a guinea pig farm, greenhouse and bread oven as well as the essential training to ensure the boys gain valuable life skills and the resources are being properly utilised. With our sustainability projects now in a good place to continue independently of LAFF’s support and other donors supporting Azul Wasi in other crucial areas such as staffing and running costs, we’ll now be moving on from Azul Wasi to make sure other homes can benefit from our support for sustainability and vocational training initiatives. With our International Projects Manager Fran based in Peru, we’ll of course be continuing to check in and watch how things progress at Azul Wasi and keep you updated on a project that’s close to everyone’s hearts...and will continue to be available for Azul Wasi to support any future sustainability needs.
Fran: Our Man on the Ground Thanks to the Vodafone Foundation, I started working full-time for LAFF in September and since then so much has happened! Having someone on the ground has enabled LAFF to offer even more to partners in Latin America – we are no longer simply a funding body, but are also able to offer capacity building support in things such as budgeting, accountability, working with international donors, business plans and long-term planning which all contribute to our partners becoming more sustainable.
I’ve spent a lot of time working with Azul Wasi helping them to get a more transparent accounting system in place to make them more sustainable as a home and also helping them to develop a responsible volunteering policy to ensure the boys’ safety. Another thing that I have been helping Azul Wasi with is setting up skills training and initiatives to enable the home to reduce its costs such as using the greenhouse more efficiently and also baking bread for the week. I have also been visiting other potential projects for LAFF to support and getting to know them both in Peru and Bolivia. It was very exciting when last month the LAFF team committed to supporting two new projects – Casa Mantay in Cusco and Sacred Valley Project in Ollantaytambo. They are both amazing projects and are keen for LAFF’s support to help them develop in the areas of sustainability and training for the girls in their care. Visiting Bolivia was amazing and later this year I will be going back to spend more time with the projects in order that LAFF can support some projects there as well as in Peru.
I spent a month in the UK building relations with schools keen to support LAFF which was very exciting and provided good building blocks for Dilini’s work as she starts working with LAFF this month. I am now back in Peru and alongside working with our project partners here am working to try and raise funds for LAFF to continue having an International Projects Manager from September 2011. If you know of a company that might be interested in sponsoring LAFF to continue this valuable position then let us know! To keep up to date with Fran’s news see her blog at http://laffcharity.wordpress.com/ or follow ‘LAFFCharity’ on twitter.