Whenever we get the opportunity to provide school supplies to those in need, we get excited to add to the list of our recipient schools. This time, a group of students, including my daughter, visited Peru in June with the guidance of Mrs. Shannon Kederis, Advanced World Geography teacher at duPont Manual High School, Louisville, KY.
Below is Mrs. Kederis’ summary of the school supplies donation process.
The trips to the schools, I would say, was one of the highlights of the entire trip. It was arranged for us to go to 2 schools. An upper-grade level school in Lima and a lower grade school in Cuzco.
We decided to deliver the school supplies to the first school because it would eliminate the subsequent cost to ship the two boxes on several more flights. I suppose you heard that Delta covered the cost of the shipping of both boxes from Louisville to Lima (so nice!!)
Carlos Pareja Paz Soldan was the school that received the school supplies. In the pictures, you will only see boys. Apparently, the girls go to school earlier in the day because they go home and help with the chores and younger siblings. We arrived in the afternoon and it was mostly just boys. But nonetheless – it was a huge success. One of the older boys told one of our students it was the first time he had ever seen an American.
They were excited to receive the supplies and it was a great opening to starting a conversation between our students and theirs. By delivering these supplies, it gave our students a rare opportunity to engage with others, like themselves in a completely different environment. After the distribution and conversation, all the students went out to the soccer field – it was amazing to watch! Even the Peruvian teachers were out there playing. They also played basketball.
Thank you so much to Unikids for providing not only much-needed school supplies for these students in Peru but for allowing it to be an avenue of exchange and friendship between young people of two completely different cultures. I hope you enjoy the pictures and please feel free to use any / all the photos and anything I have said in this email. If there is anything else whatsoever that you need from me, please, let me know. Again, thank you!!
We would like to give our gratitude to Mrs. Shannon Kederis, her husband, George, the chaperon teachers, the students, and the guides in Peru for giving the students such an awesome experience.
Let the giving continues. Your continued financial support means that we will be able to reach more students in the coming year. Thank you for your continued school supplies and monetary donation.
Senait Mareligne, Founder