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October 25, 2004
Amy writes:

Saw something bad today... Bit disapointed.

For those who don't know, we've been in touch with a volunteering organisation and were planning to go there to work with homeless kids for a few months. However, we've found out (from previous volunteers) that this so-called 'charitable' organisation is corrupt and the guy running it pockets a lot of the donations, so not much money goes to the kids themselves and the running of the centres.

This is a bit disconcerting. If we want to go and see for ourselves, we'll have to try and avoid giving donations in advance (something that is apparently required). However, I can't see how many people (we've read numerous accounts on the worldsurface site) can be lying... Most have said the same thing how they felt duped and lied to, and how they all wanted to help but the place was so badly run/poor - that it was impossible.

We'll definately have to re-think as this leaves a big hole in our plans. However on a brighter note, we're still planning to volunteer at Villa Tunari (the monkey sanctuary) and we've only heard good things about that! Maybe we can stay a bit longer too...

The preparations are going well - just over a week to go. It's the final countdown....

posted at 10:38 PM | link

2 Comments:

  • It's blatantly Tony Blair who runs that organisation, it sounds just like him!!

    It kinda sucks that... no wait... it *does* suck, I feel very sorry for you guys, but at the end of the day, you can but learn from experiences.

    This won't stop ya, I know it, so keep on truckin' you two!!!

    Luff ya's (yes, you too Jody, even though I've never met ya :p)

    <3
    Keep the candy... I mean.. err... faith.

    By Blogger Kai, at 7:42 PM  

  • By believing the defamatory comments by a few ex volunteers from Bruce Peru you missed a wonderful opportunity to do some good and gain the reward of knowing you really helped some very poor children. And now you - without knowing whether your comments are even true - have spread the slanderous lies even further. Shame on you! If you want to know what really goes on at Bruce Peru, and what real volunteers say about their time working with Bruce, go here: http://bruceperu.org/volwords.html

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:47 PM  

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