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Where the money goes

Our beneficiary project is Performing Life, a charity that works with underprivileged children and their families by teaching performing arts skills to children and providing microfinance opportunities to their families.

Performing Life works with children who are either living and/or working on the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia. To be a participant in the project each child must be identified as being in need and then must continue to meet a set of requirements such as mandatory school attendance and an 80% attendance at the Performing Life classes.

We (Sarah and Bevan) worked closely with Performing Life during our time in Bolivia and therefore we know and believe in Performing Life’s ability and commitment to making a difference in the lives of Bolivian children and their families.

Exactly where the money goes

The money a little gives to Performing Life fully funds one performing arts group on the outskirts of Cochabamba.  This group was formed at the end of 2011 and is modelled on the first two Performing Life groups in the center of Cochabamba.  A little funds all costs associated with the class including the teacher, who meets with the participants four days a week to teach performing arts and the nutritious lunch served to the group everyday.  All funds given to a little are exclusively used to pay for:

  • Lunch four times a week for up to 25 participants – cooked by mother of one of the participants.
  • Salary and performance incentives for the Bolivian teacher.
  • Performance equipment eg. costumes, clubs and unicycles.
  • Performing Life satellite office.
  • Public transport for each participant.

Detailed financials are available in the 2011/2012 annual report2012/2013 annual report and the 2013/2014 annual report.

What we do

  1. Check: We oversee the use of donations through a set of agreed conditions with Performing Life.
  2. Assess: We assess all spending, adherence to the agreed conditions and that the use of funds is responsible and ethical. Failure to adequately meet the agreed conditions could result in the retraction of support from a little. We will not hesitate to terminate the relationship with Performing Life should we feel donations are not being spent responsibly.  We also provide feedback in a monthly video conference to the director of Performing Life.
  3. Report: We are committed to transparency in all reporting to our donors.  Annual reports and blog information will be ‘warts-and-all’.
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