For years Kiya Survivors had been looking for a solution to the dilemma of where to safely house children with special needs who had been orphaned, abandoned or abused. None of the orphanages near to The Rainbow Centre would accept children with special needs or had adequate staff or facilities. Faced with a number of children living in desperate poverty and suffering abuse, Kiya Survivors decided to open The Rainbow House.
In early 2007 the mother of a family of six children at the forefront of our concerns died suddenly and unexpectedly. The children had been living in conditions of extreme poverty, abuse and neglect. After the death of their mother, their father agreed that he was unable to look after them due to his problem with alcohol abuse and the high level of needs of his children; three of the six children have some form of special need.
And so the Rainbow House was born.
Kiya Survivors currently rents a beautiful two storey house with garden in Urubamba where children can live happily and safely.
There are currently six children living at the Rainbow House. Five of the children attend local schools and one attends the Rainbow Centre.
Volunteers who join Kiya for 8 weeks or more, help the children with after school and weekend activities, English lessons and homework. .
Kiya Survivors employs two substitute mothers to look after the children to make sure they are always well fed, cared for and safe.
There is also a Psychologist who visits weekly to ensure the children are well and who helps support and encourage family involvement and evaluates possible new cases for the house to take in.
A Project Manager also supports the home, helping to arrange fun days out for the kids, organising volunteer interaction and homework clubs and after school activities, publicizing the project and managing the projects funds. Our Project Manager, like all our onsite Managers, is Peruvian..
Kiya Survivors is a registered charity in
both the UK and Peru:
Registered Charity Peru: 12267622
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