The Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation was born with the aim of helping the hundreds of children in need of Cusco aged 6 to 18: working children, neglected children, children who find themselves isolated for economic and social reasons. In 1998 Jolanda van den Berg decided to settle in the ancient Inca capital with the aim of improving these children’s lives. Adoptive mother of 12, she rapidly created a foundation that survives today thanks to the income of two hotels and several recurring or one-time sponsors from across the globe. The foundation has 5 only-for-children restaurants dotted across Cusco and the surrounding area, where 600 meals are prepared and provided every day.
Among its objectives, the foundation engages to help children to recover self-confidence by giving them solace, support and love. That’s why children are invited not only to enjoy a meal, a hot shower and to receive medical and dental care, but they can relax and enjoy their childhood, as the foundation provides a space in which they can hone their artistic and athletic abilities, read a book in the library, or watch a film in the private cinema of the Fierro Street location…
Free tours of the foundation are available on a daily basis, leaving from the two hotels at 5 pm after the children leave the building to respect and protect their privacy. Just register in advance at the reception desk!
If you would like to make a donation, you can bring in any of the following items: clothing, shoes, underwear (small sizes), school supplies, toys (for both girls and boys), board games, hair accessories, toothbrushes, backpacks, books in Spanish, sports equipment (trainers, shorts, tracksuits). If you don’t have much space in your luggage, you can also purchase those products on the spot: local saleswomen will appreciate you!
To learn more about the Niños Unidos Peruanos Foundation : Niños foundation
To make a one-time, monthly or annual donation : Donations