It’s Always Sunny in Cochabamba

Our second guest blog is a lifestyle piece on living, working and playing in Cochabamba. Thanks to our friend and volunteer Lily Young who spent time on the ground working alongside our beneficiary project. Trying to select a handful of photos to sum up the experience of living in Cochabamba is just about as difficult as attempting to describe it, so bear with me. I’m constantly reminded of various snapshots of the time I spent there and the fresh... Read More

Meet Cristian

Cristian (11) joined the performing arts class of a little charitable trust in April 2012.  He lives in the Montenegro region of Bolivia, near Quillacollo, with his mother, stepfather and older brother in a tiny, one bed, room. Cristian’s 11 years haven’t been easy and although he can be a rascal at times, he’s a good kid! Cristian’s 11 years haven’t been easy. He has never known his real father and his stepfather can be harsh.... Read More

One square meal

Guest blog on the importance of nutrition for little people. All thanks to the culinary queen, killer crafts-mistress and kick-ass mum, Lauren Butler of Needle & I Design.  Of all the things I thought I might find challenging about having a baby, feeding her well was not something that featured on my somewhat exhaustive list. It came as a big surprise then that I would be troubled with worries of making sure she was getting sufficient nourishment... Read More

Our first annual report – out now!

We are pleased to (belatedly) bring you our very first transparency report for the period since our launch March 2011 – May 2012 (14 months). Thank you to all of our donors, supporters, volunteers, friends and family, it has been a stimulating and inspiring first chapter. We are excited about what we can achieve in the coming years and beyond. A Little Charitable Trust – Annual report – 2011-2012 Many thanks, Sarah & Bevan  Read More

Collegiality Through Play – Collegiality Part III

Juggling and performing art classes provide many opportunities to the kids that participate. ‘Play’ is an art, it’s a tool and most of all it’s a right we believe children should have. We think that giving kids an opportunity to play, form relationships with other children and laugh is pretty cool. But there are other aspects to ‘play’ and the classes in Quillacollo beyond a fun, safe and encouraging environment. The art of juggling... Read More

Learning From Others – Collegiality Part I

The OHH smile There are a lot of aspirations within a little charitable trust, two of them include collegiality and doing something instead of nothing. Hence to develop our own best practice we have adopted a culture of collegiality. This means developing strong relationships with donors, our beneficiary (Performing Life), our advisors and anyone who can assist us to become better. As such, this month we contacted Orkney Helping Hands (OHH) who has... Read More

On the ground

On the ground in Bolivia the new performing arts class funded by a little charitable trust has started.  Based in Quillacollo on the outskirts of Cochabamba, it has 15 kids attending regularly.  Each day they come together to meet with their teacher Adalin, learning new circus skills and then sharing a nutritious hot lunch together.   This class is run by Performing Life and is modeled on their existing two classes in central Cochabamba. Before... Read More

Getting the party started

On Tuesday, 22 March 2011 we publically launched a little charitable trust at Smith Bar in Britomart, Auckland. Surrounded by our favourite friends and family we briefly presented the story behind the charity. Our presentation was essentially broken down into two problems and two solutions. Bolivia is poor and opportunities for youth are limited; we’ve seen a project that works and is making a little difference in the lives of vulnerable youth... Read More

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