Annual Report time again!

Our second annual report has hit the streets! Get your hands on it here: 2012/2013 annual report. Over the last 12 months we’ve mastered a few ‘to do’ lists, re-prioritised a couple of tasks and most importantly, continued to grow and help more young people on the ground in Bolivia. Thank you to all of our donors, supporters, volunteers, friends and family. And a special thank you to Anna, Lily, Sinead and Nick for making this report... Read More

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

Meet Zaida

Zaida practises everyday during classes. Here she is working with the ‘diabolos’, a juggling prop consisting of a spool, string and two sticks. Zaida (12) joined the performing arts class of a little charitable trust in April 2011 and lives in a rented room with her family on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Zaida and her two little sisters used to sell “Salchipapas” (hotdogs and french fries) from a small stand by their house.... 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

A Bookish Look at Collegiality – Collegiality Part II

1 + 1 = 3 Collegiality is the heart of professionalism Last week on Twitter dosomething.org challenged charities to stop chanting.  We agree. We thought we’d take a bookish look at collegiality, what exactly it is and where it can it take us? Collegiality: what are they talking about? Put plainly, ‘collegiality’ is the relationship between contemporaries. It’s the fruit of one person’s own efforts and knowledge of a field, combined... 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

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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