Suffolk students boost Peru youngsters

STUDENTS at a Woodbridge school have set up a fund to raise money to help Peruvian street children they met on a trip to the South American country.Fifteen sixth formers from Farlingaye High experienced the trip of a lifetime last summer - trekking the Inca trail, seeing Machu Picchu, and spending days in the jungle, as well as enjoying the bustle of the ancient Incan city of Cusco.

STUDENTS at a Woodbridge school have set up a fund to raise money to help Peruvian street children they met on a trip to the South American country.

Fifteen sixth formers from Farlingaye High experienced the trip of a lifetime last summer - trekking the Inca trail, seeing Machu Picchu, and spending days in the jungle, as well as enjoying the bustle of the ancient Incan city of Cusco.

However, the trip to Peru was not all about having fun, and the students vowed to give something back to the community they visited.

One of the most emotional parts of the trip was time spent with the street children in Cusco.

Students took gifts and spent a day playing, preparing food and eating with the children of the Wawa Wasi Orphanage - which means “baby house”.

In turn, the children made presents for the Farlingaye students to thank them for their time.

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The project was set up by tour operator SAS Travel with the aim to give the children who have to make a living on the streets to support their families some time just to be children.

The Farlingaye students were really moved by their time with the children and on their return set up a fund to raise money for them.

So far the group have raised £288, which is to be presented to Far Frontiers Expeditions leader Chris Short, who will send the money out with a school who are visiting Cusco over Easter.

Student Jess Ball, 18, said: “It was an amazing experience spending time with these children.

“They have nothing and the Wawa Wasi does a really great job at giving them a chance for some kind of a normal childhood. We were all really affected by our time with them.”

Student Ant Skrimshire said: “It's brilliant that we have been able to raise money to send back to Peru.

“Their lives are so hard compared to ours and we all really wanted to give something back.”

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