Every year the good folks at Discovering Latin America choose two good causes in Latin America to be the beneficiaries of the cultural events organised by DLA for the forthcoming year. This year’s choices were made in July, and Kiya Peru have been selected as the charity to be supported by the 8th Discovering Latin America Film Festival, which takes place later this year, whilst the proceeds of the first Discovering Latin America Literature Festival will raise funds for Raleigh International in 2010. See below for more details.

Kiya Survivors – Peru

Kiya Survivors is a Peruvian charity building and working in educational centres catering for special-needs, abused and abandoned children. Kiya also offers support to young and violated women and families living in severe poverty.
The Mayor of Chinchero, Peru donated 2 buildings to Kiya Survivors to be used as a drop in centre in the village. The rooms are in a great location but are very run down and need doing up before we can commence work in them. The drop in centre will provide immediate onsite physiotherapy, speech therapy, early stimulation sessions including weekly baby massage, support from a social worker to help families with re-housing, water/electricity installation, health issues and getting work along with a psychologist to support children and families in abusive or difficult situations at home. Food and milk would also be provided along with vitamins and regular health checks including an anti-parasite programme.

Families living in severe poverty with children who have some form of special needs will also benefit of this project. Right now Kiya supports 20 families and hopes, with our funding,to support 50 families.

Raleigh – Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Raleigh is a youth and education charity working for sustainable development based permanently in Costa Rica & Nicaragua. The aim of this project is to build a primary school for the children of Ximiri in the Chirripó Indigenous Reserve in Costa Rica. The local development association has asked Raleigh International to help in the construction of the new school. The project has been approved but they have no funding to build it. The money will be used for materials and construction of the facilities.

Children who attend the school, local labourers during construction, teachers and parents for having facilities to support the education of children will be the direct beneficiaries of this project supported by DLA.