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Kiwis to the rescue at Globalteer Peru Children’s Project

The children and staff at Globalteer’s Peru Children’s project are celebrating achieving an important goal…well two actually!

Thanks to one Kiwi volunteer and the generosity of his friends back home in New Zealand, Picaflor House is now the proud owner of two brand new sets of goal posts for the centre’s playground.

Volunteer Dylan Hughes from Napier in New Zealand’s North Island decided very early on during his three month volunteer stint that the kids needed some extra playground equipment and decided to ask his Facebook friends for help. He posted a photo of the playground (below, left) to show just how much the kids needed the new gear, explaining, ‘at the moment this is the extent of the playground’.

As Dylan is a very sporty person, he decided goals and nets for the mini football field at Picaflor House would be a good idea, so he rallied his friends back home:

‘Hey team! I am doing a big push to get these kids some equipment for Picaflor House. They really need some soccer goals and nets…I am challenging all of you to give a little to help out a lot! The kids have no playground or sports field at Picaflor House and I hope to help them out by saying that New Zealanders are a caring lot and will help to give generously towards building ... a mini sports field with mini soccer goals’.

Dylan’s friends duly answered the call and soon enough money was raised to fund the building of the goals, a task ably undertaken by one of the local villagers.

The goals are now in place (below, right) and are a huge hit with the children at Picaflor House. As you can see from the photo above, the children and staff are all extremely grateful for Dylan’s help, and the support and generosity of all his friends who answered his rallying cry.

Dylan is still working on getting the nets to surround the field, an important addition that will prevent damage to surrounding windows and flower gardens. If you’d like to help with this, you can make a secure donation at the Virgin Money Giving  website. Remember, a little goes a very long way in Peru so even just a few dollars or pounds will help.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at Picaflor House please visit our Volunteer Peru Children’s Project  pages.