Learning for Hope now works with several school communities in Peru, El Salvador and we recently established a working relationship with ALALAY, an organization that works with street kids in Bolivia. Thousands of young children in these countries are benefiting as a result of the work that we do.
This year we will continue our mission. We will open a center in Cusco, which will provide girls who are victims of abuse the opportunity to have access to computers and take workshops in everything from baking to music. In partnership with AGAPE in El Salvador, we will pay for the construction of a playground for the school for students with special needs in Sonsonate.
We may not fundraise a million dollars, but we will make the little bit of money that we raise go as far as possible. Learning for Hope is a perfect example of how far things can go when people want to give more than just money to a cause. Of course, if anyone out there has a million dollars, we are more than willing to give it a happy home. For more info visit us temporally @ charity-charities.org/Canada-charities/Pickering-ON-1661075.html while webpage is under renovation. Special thank you to Merle Cole for all his wonderful photography.
Alex Petrogiani, academy member and volunteer of the Centre of Martial Arts Excellence, took part in a summer initiative for Learning for Hope (www.learningforhope.com). As part of the program and service, Alex had the opportunity to share martial arts teachings and trainings at two local orphanages in Cusco, Peru. These girls, ages 8-16, were victims of abandonment and human trafficking. "It was truly an honour to share the gift of energy with these young woman who have endured so much suffering. This volunteer program funded by donations, helps these girls through martial arts to regain their self-esteem, inner strength, and confidence. To find out how you can help, you can speak with Alex and be a part of preparing a contribution by the CMAE next year."