Wednesday, July 20, 2011


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 19th , JULY 2011 

Update from MySmallHelp Peru President, Leander Hollings

I can´t believe it is nearly 2 years since I arrived in Peru. My initial plan was to be here for just 3 months! So much has happened over the past 2 months since I sent out the first newsletter. I am so pleased we have managed to find the perfect volunteer house manager, Elena,  who is planning to be based in the volunteer house in Ollantaytambo until the end of the year. Elena is receiving volunteers for MySmallHelp and from the Sacred Valley Dormitory project where she also works. I have been busy setting up the volunteer programme and am looking for volunteers to accompany disabled children on their journey to and from the Arco Iris Special school as well as accompanying the children .during their school day

I was working up in Trujillo in June  and have now moved out of the volunteer house and am based in Cusco where we are also helping 2 disabled   people and I am concentrating on building links with local businesses and organizing events to raise funds here in Peru.

MySmallHelp is working with the Arco Iris special school in Urubamba

We are delighted to announce that Lourdes is now attending the Arco Iris special school in Urubamba and is slowly learning to read and write. MySmallHelp enrolled Lourdes and 5 other chidren from Ollantaytambo at Arco Iris in May. MySmallHelp paid for the daily school transportation for 10 disabled children from Ollantaytambo to Urubamba in May and June.  Unfortunately due to lack of funding the school bus is not currently running..  Lourdes is currently travelling to school each day with MySmallHelp volunteer Sofia.

Lourdes and Leander appealed to the mayor of Ollantaytambo for support and he 
agreed to provide funding for 50% of the school transportation in May and we are still waiting!

A big thank you to MySmallHelp volunteers Jenny and Alex for all of their help with the children in the Disabled Outreach Campaign and especially for setting up the Just Giving campaign. For more information about the Arco Iris school project and to make a donation please click here..


LOURDES is selling her jewellery internationally
A big thank you also to Jenny Lewent for ordering jewellery from Lourdes to sell through her school with  the help of 8 year old Teodora and her friends. Their first jewellery fundraising event resulted in sales of £152 which will go directly back to Lourdes. A big thank you also to Mrs Whittaker for purchasing a handmade silver necklace from Lourdes and once again thank you to Jenny and Alex for delivering it back to the UK. If anyone would like to order jewellery from Lourdes, please do get in touch!

Marco is a 7 year old boy that volunteer Helen Osborn, found in Trujillo in February this year. Marco suffered second degree burns following an incident where another child through a flammable liquid at his leg and set it on fired. MySmallHelp has provided medical assistance to Marco and arranged for Marco to be moved to a special hospital in Lima. Thanks to MySmallHelp Marco is now walking again and is hoping to be back at school within the next month. Thank you also to volunteer Mayra and her brother for organizing the hospital trips in Lima and for visiting Marco and cheering him up with games and books!

16 children from El Milagro, Trujillo, on the north coast of Peru, could go to school in 2011.

Thanks to a kind donation from Jayden Grundy (MySmallHelp Canada), MySmallHelp Peru was able to employ a school teacher (Deisy)  to manage the El Milagro project. She embarked upon finding schools for children whose
families were not able to send them to school without the support of MySmallHelp.  Deisy visited the schools with the children’s mothers to register the children, and purchased uniforms, school books and stationary.

Thanks to donation from Knightsbridge School, 9 of the 16 children are being sponsored for one year and you can  read more about the children still urgently in need of sponsorship here
The sponsorship from Knightsbridge School has also enabled MySmallHelp to organize the first art workshop in El Milagro where 6 mothers learned to make hand-made book covers and helped produce hand printed items of clothing designed by the art teacher Abel Torres, an independent designer from Lima. The first workshop was  originally scheduled for 8 afternoons but the mothers decided to work an extra afternoon because of the excellent results obtained.

Abel Torres has volunteered for MySmallHelp Peru providing designs and teaching the necessary techniques with the aim of selling the products through the MySmallHelp network. The mothers can now produce the book covers independently and will work in the afternoons every Tuesday and Thursday when there are orders and materials available.

MySmallHelp is delighted with the success of the first art workshop which has produced 88 notebooks and 140 items of clothing of excellent quality. MySmallHelp aims to sell the products and generate new orders for the mothers in El Milagro so that they can continue working.
MySmallHelp will receive 50% of the sales revenues of all products designed by Abel Torres and produced with the help of the mothers at the “Casa Milagro” art factory. The mothers will receive 25 nuevos soles for each afternoon that they work (minimum 4 hours) and the money will be saved in a fund to pay the school fees for their children in 2012.

Lourdes travelled to Arequipa with MySmallHelp member Cristian and Sunny, a volunteer from Awamaki, to pick up a wheelchair donated by Kid International through an agreement with the Clinic of San Juan de Dios in Cusco. On the same occasion a wheelchair was obtained for José, aged 20, who has cerebral palsy. José lives with his mother and 3 younger siblings. The mother works to deal with the costs of maintaining her family.

MySmallHelp would like to say a big thank you for the support of the Argentinian psychologist Gabriela Scarafioca who has been working with children and the families that MySmallHelp are supporting in Ollantaytambo. Guiding and assisting in the situations of vulnerability in which the great majority find themselves.

Gaby also accompanied 5 children who attend the CEBE in Urubamba to the Clinic of San Juan de Dios in Cusco so that they could take their medical examinations (each according to his/her needs). Leander took steps to secure the necessary funds for transportation and payment of the medical examinations for these children.


On the 20th of June MySmallHelp organized a communication course was directed by Jorge Paricoto at the Arco Iris school and 27 people attended, including teachers, physiotherapists, psychologists and volunteers from various organizations. The work day began at 9am and finished at 6pm. The participants of the course expressed their satisfaction through the contributions received.


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Thanks to The Point hostels for their first donation of 380 soles which is being used to provide school transportation for disabled children that would otherwise not be able to go to school.

Thank you for all your support to date and for the future.  I hope that through MySmallHelp more and more people will realise that being generous is fun, that helping others helps yourself and that everything is interconnected. As individuals become more compassionate everything living on earth including the earth itself will become more balanced.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011



Anita Gurung is the first girl who successfully passed SLC (School Leaving Certificate) among the children being supported by MySmallHelp, Nepal. She was successful to secure first division with 75%. So she is very happy these days and excited about her future study.  MySmallHelp team is also very happy about her and congratulate her with best wishes for her bright future.

Anita has been shifted to new apartment as she had to leave her previous place where she had completed her school level. As she is a grown up child she has decided to study sociology in one of the private college.She aims to help poor and orphan people as she can feel their pains closely. Understanding her feelings and condition MySmallHelp, Nepal is  supporting her with full effort for her bright future.Anita is also very much thankful to MySmallHelp, Nepal for being her guardian and taking take care of her.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Third blood donation event of MSH Nepal

Third Blood Donation Camp organized by MSH, Nepal
1st July, 2011
Seeing the importance and shortage of blood in the blood bank, MSH Nepal has set its objective to organize the blood donation camps four times a year. So, last Friday on 1st July 2011, MSH Nepal has conducted the third successful event of blood donation Camp at Quest International College at Gwarko, Lalitpur. More than 30 students at Quest International College rolled up their sleeves and donated blood as part of a joint venture between Red Cross Nepal and Mysmall Help, Nepal.

In spite of the rainy day, it was lovely to see the students and MSH members get so excited about being able to make a donation. About 43 pints of blood was collected during the event. Due to rainy weather, some of the candidates were disqualified to donate as their pressure goes down the normal point.
The students were so happy to do something so worthwhile and thanked Red Cross and Mysmall help to come to the college and make it so much easier to donate in a comfortable and accessible environment. Similarly, Kolin Shrestha, Director of Quest International College said: “It is very rewarding to see these young people motivated enough to make these donations. This is the third time that we have run the blood campaign at the college and we will always be happy to be involved in this type of programme, and to help our students to become more socially aware and responsible.”

The MSH staff worked steadily to encourage students to make their donation, to give them some support whilst doing so, taking photographs, and assisting students to fill out their consultation form. Other three interns of MSH Nepal were busy in arranging refreshment suite where apples were cored and chopped, bananas, biscuits and boiled eggs plated up, and cartons of juice issued to the donors after they had donated. As a reward, and what turned out to be a somewhat surreal experience, the MSH team was escorted to the top floor of the college where students run a mock restaurant as part of their training. The students who had moments before been jovial and carefree were now immaculately suited and booted and on their best behavior as they served up delicious chicken soup and hakka noodles and tended to our every need as a diner.  Overall it was a very satisfying day with many students promising to encourage their friends to donate next time.