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Our Mission

The mission of the Peruvian Educational Project is to provide assistance to Peruvian students of promising academic ability to enable them to obtain a secondary education.

Such education will enable the students to achieve their greatest potential so as to improve their lives and more fully contribute to the advancement of Peruvian society.


How We Use Your Donation

The Peruvian Educational Project (PEP) provides an opportunity for a select number of students (ages 12 to 17 years) to attend high school in the Huaycán district of Lima.

Your donation pays for the students’ school fees, uniforms, field trips, tuition, books and supplies as well as two meals a day, five days a week.


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If you have questions regarding your donation, please contact us directly:

Phone: 713-525-3535
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info@peruvianeducationalproject.org

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About PEP

Students with athletics uniforms
Students with new athletics uniforms

The mission of the Peruvian Educational Project (PEP) is to provide assistance to Peruvian students of promising academic ability so that they may obtain a secondary education. This education enables students to achieve their greatest potential so as to improve their lives and more fully contribute to the advancement of Peruvian society. Additionally, these students act as role models for their classmates and set an example of what can be accomplished with a commitment to education.

The promise of education

The majority of children in Huaycán lack the financial resources to attend high school or colegio. Despite the fact that all of our scholarship recipients have demonstrated academic promise, the reality is that most live in poverty and come from fragmented families.

Students with school uniforms
Students with new school uniforms

PEP provides an opportunity for a select number of motivated students (ages 12 to 17 years) to attend Colegio 1270, San Juan el Bautista in the Huaycán district of Lima. Our goal is that with PEP’s assistance, the lives of these students will be improved, which in turn will help lift up their families and strengthen the fabric of their neighborhoods and Peruvian society.

Funding

We are entirely funded through the donations from generous people who care about the children in Huaycán. The contributions are overwhelmingly used for the direct benefit of the students.  Eighty four percent of expenses are directed to the academic program that directly supports the scholarship students.  Sixteen percent of expenses are for administrative support in Huaycán.  All work in the U.S. and much of the work in Peru is done on a voluntary basis.

The donations that PEP receives provide the following to our students:

Additionally, each scholarship student receives a healthy lunch five days a week. The scholarship is grade-based and emphasizes continued academic achievement. The students are encouraged to focus on their studies and are not authorized to work outside of the home.  Dedicated teachers at the school provide extra support in math and language skills before school to increase the knowledge of our students and better prepare them to go on to the university level of education.

The student’s capabilities have been validated in local competitions where Colegio 1270 has placed highly against other schools located across the Lima area. Scholarship students are encouraged after graduation to go on to university or technical school. Read about our recent graduates who are preparing to attend these higher level schools. PEP has initiated funding to support them in their endeavors.

Periodically, PEP will accept a project to help all the students of Colegio 1270. The most recent and largest example of this type of project is the completion of a new six classroom building on the Colegio 1270 school grounds.

Learn more about PEP

To learn more about PEP, take a look at an article from the September 2008 issue of the University of St. Thomas’ Shining Star. The article includes an interview of PEP founder, Dr. Gustavo Wensjoe. Within the interview, Dr. Wensjoe is quoted as saying, “Education isn’t going to solve everything, but without education, these kids won’t have any future. It can be heartbreaking, but these kids are going places. I have tremendous hope for them….”