How wonderful to be back in Cusco again! I’m here to bid adieu to Fran who has worked tirelessly to support our partners and deliver our projects in Peru since September 2010, as well as help settle in and ensure a smooth handover to Maria, our new International Partnerships Manager, who started with us in Peru this week. So we have spent this week and will spend the next meeting all the partners, identifying and finalising plans and projects for our volunteer team to help both partners and LAFF this summer, and discussing longer-term plans for the future. It’s so inspiring to be close to the partners that we work so hard to support and to have the opportunity to take stock of all that’s been achieved in recent years and all the exciting opportunities that lie ahead! And I personally can’t wait to update you on all the plans that are forming to help our partners, and the vulnerable young people they support, towards an independent and sustainable future.
So to give you a taste of what’s to come, current plans for the LAFF team in Peru are to spend time on a range of short and long term projects helping our partners and their beneficiaries towards sustainability, in particular through income generation activities and specific skills training. The volunteers and Maria will be updating you on their progress over the coming months so watch this space for more!
In addition to this, Maria will be investigating how our Education and Sustainability programmes can merge to provide deeper and more long-term support for our partners. We have lots of really exciting ideas on how that might look in reality – the kind of ideas that keep you brainstorming until 2 in the morning in fact – but alas it’s still a little too soon to be revealing our plans without conducting detailed research into the feasibility of each of them. But rest assured that there are some exciting times ahead for LAFF and our partners and we’ll update you on all of those plans as they start to become clearer… But for now, just to say – Goodbye and a HUGE thank you to Fran for all her hard work and dedication over the last couple of years, and a big Welcome! to Maria and our first ever LAFF volunteer team.