It’s easy for us to take all sorts of things for granted: electricity, hot water, nutritious food, the possibility of finding a job, education for our children and free hospital treatment when we need it. For people in Peru – and especially Delia and Michael’s charity, Zapallal: Sharing the Struggle, which supports a school in a poor desert region north of Lima – life is hard and the things that we all enjoy in the West aren’t always within reach.
Letters from Zapallal
In May 1996 Delia and Michael came to our school, Fe y Alegría 43 La Salle, in a shanty town in the coastal desert north of Lima in Peru. From this visit grew the project “Sharing the Struggle”, whereby we received help from Sainsbury’s Magazine , its readers and people who sponsored children in the school.
There are 1400 pupils, aged from kindergarten to 5th year secondary. The secondary pupils have classes in the morning and primary in the afternoon in the same classrooms. In addition the secondary pupils come in the afternoons for workshops –...