In June this year, Magenta’s MD Cathy Hayward and her 11-year-old son Jude are travelling to Urubamba, Peru to volunteer for the charity Kiya Survivors. The charity aims to provide a new beginning for children and young people in the area who have special needs or have been abused or abandoned.
They will stay with local families and work at the Rainbow House, home to seven orphans, three of whom have special needs, and the Rainbow Centre, a day centre for 60 children, together with a local family who need support.
We will be doing everything from building a chicken run, rabbit hutch and creating a vegetable patch at the Rainbow House so the children can grow their own vegetables and have fresh eggs, to maintenance projects such as making and putting up curtains, sanding and varnishing floors, painting walls and installing running water and a loo for a local family. They will also spend a lot of time playing and looking after the children, running craft workshops, baking and playing football. At the end of the week they take them on a day trip to the Sacred Valley.
Cathy and Jude are funding all the costs of the trip themselves and each making a substantial donation to the charity. But, as a group, they are hoping to raise enough money to fund the charity’s operations until the end of the year. Anything you can donate, however small, would be most appreciated. You can donate through JustGiving.
Jude is also doing lots of fundraising through his school, including cake sales, a school disco, car-washing, dog-walking, waffle making and pulling a truck filled with scrap metal along Hove seafront in April. Somehow his mum has been drafted in to help with the last task!