The project is located on the outer perimeter of the Peruvian city of Trujillo, "Alto Trujillo". Due to dire economic needs, the vast majority of the families living here had to move from the once fertile agricultural highlands of Peru to the impoverished shanty town in "Alto Trujillo", in search of employment. Over the years the highlands have been destroyed by extreme weather, forcing whole communities to move closer to the city in search of better work opportunities. The harsh reality is that, despite ongoing efforts from the government, who have begun to implement programs to provide basic services, the scarcity of resources in this desert environment means that the majority of the families living here remain well below the poverty line, with no electricity or clean running water.
The children of this community attend the local state run school "Colegio Simon Lozano Garcia". Life here is tough and the school and wider area lacks the resources and facilities to allow any areas for stimulation, recreation and imagination. Their only outlet for play is an old, tattered concrete football square. Seeing this and wanting to bring some joy to these children, Concrete Jungle Foundation volunteers began providing skate lessons. Witnessing the instant smiles on their faces and the immediate sense of community the lessons generated, it was clear that a skate park facility would be hugely beneficial and provide a profoundly positive aspect to the lives of the children. The idea of a building a skate park facility, in the school grounds was born!
Our main mission is to provide a high-quality skate park facility for the pupils that becomes a way to promote positive relationships and self-esteem, a healthy active lifestyle and a sense of community, all through the activity of skateboarding!
This is a crucial developmental time for the children and we know what a positive change and real difference this can make to the paths and choices they take in life. It will give them a space to safely practice this sport and just enjoy being a kid, away from the negative and dangerous activities that they currently encounter in their daily lives.
In addition, we aim to teach the children about self-sustainability by integrating an agricultural centre around the skate park where they can plant, maintain, and grow food for themselves, thus teaching the children how to respect the natural ecology of their environment and to live resourcefully.
Here we have a chance to build a project to affect the lives of at least 450 students at the school and to invite the other children that live in this neighbourhood to learn, study and skate in unity.
SKIP is a UK, US and Peruvian registered charity working in the impoverished districts of El Porvenir
and Alto Trujillo, located on the North Coast of Peru. SKIP's primary aim is to enable children living in
this area to realise their right to an education.
In terms of theoretical framework, we understand that families are the principal force in the lives of children and therefore work with the entire familial unit. This holistic approach focuses on four pillars of family development: education, economically stable families, emotional well-being, and healthy and safe home environments.
SKIP believes that economically-disadvantaged families have the capacity to be the principal agents of change in their own lives and communities. As such, we work in partnership with the community to empower people to make sustainable changes.
SKIP works with 150 families and 250 children.
SKIP aims to increase the number of children in this district completing primary education and either
finishing secondary education or finding training/employment. SKIP intends to achieve these aims by:
-Fully financing the education (fees, uniforms, materials) for every child in the programme.
-Providing a complementary educational programme to reinforce learning at school and help with homework
-Implementing educational workshops with parents covering a diverse range of subjects from parenting skills to breast cancer awareness to healthy eating.
-Developing projects that involve the parents in service provision (parents currently help in the primary