Monday, April 16, 2007

Our Purpose

Reaching out to the most vulnerable

Reach Out Children's Fund was founded to assist the children of Huilloc School #50627 and the surrounding schools in the Andes Mountain Range, Peru.

Huilloc School has approximately 250 students ranging in ages of 3 to 17 years old. The students are Quechua Indians, direct descendants of the Inca Indians. They speak Quechua while learning Spanish in school. The village is above the tree line, which makes it difficult to grow food and stay warm during the winter months. The drinking source is shared with the local animals from a mountain stream. The children rarely see a doctor and have yet been visited by a dentist.

We try to supplement their daily diet of potatoes and corn with fruit, canned milk and an oatmeal mix. The children are malnourished. They are always in need of funds for the winter months since food is scarce.

It is not uncommon to find children in the village with broken bones. Since they do not have access to health care we try to provide basic first aid and transportation to a medical clinic when needed. We are trying to install a first aid station which is urgently needed. The village is at a high altitude (approximately 12,000 feet) which frostbite and cataracts are found.

We are a small organization of dedicated volunteers. There are currently no salaries or high administration costs associated with our organization. We aim for all monies received to be given directly to the village of Huilloc for the on-going projects as well as future projects. Each dollar given has a direct effect on this unique community.


Developing a Library

With the aid of the Milford Presbyterian Church and Scholastics Literacy Partnership we have established a library for Huilloc School and mini libraries for Yanamayo, Chupani, Chaullacocha and Quelcanca. We have shipped over 200 books geared for pre-school through adolescence. For the remote villages, we hired portors to deliver the books. The books are in Spanish and are culturally sensitive. The children do not have access to books nor does the school have text books since these are luxury items. Along with some dedicated volunteers we wanted to expose the children to the world of reading and learning through books.

Three New Classrooms

We recently supplied materials so the villagers could construct three additional classrooms to the existing school. Many more children will be attending the school. We are also providing electricity to the school and the pre-school building. The villagers take great pride in working with us on these projects. An engineer was hired to overlook the contruction while the local villages pitched in to build the three-classroom building.

Annual 6th Grade Field Trip

The graduating six grade students are sponsored on a cultural trip outside of their village. They visit museums, historical sites and other cultural enrichments as a supervised group. We would like to continue this field trip to all future graduating six grade students. The students return to their village with a zest to continue their studies past the sixth grade. The first trip was December of 2004 and we continue every year. Now, we have added Chupani and Chaullacocha to the Annual Promotion trip.


The children with their teachers are making dolls, bags, scarves, and other small items. They weave with alpaca/lama wool and use local plants for dye. Some of the artwork have Indian stories woven into the materials. We are currently selling these items locally. The proceeds received from these artworks are given back to the families and the village for ongoing projects. This gives the children a sense of pride. The children work on these items outside of school time and during their summer break.

Lunch Program

Huilloc has a lunch program of oatmeal and canned milk. The teachers (and parents) prepare the meal during the school day and each child receives a tin cup full of oatmeal. We are incorporating this program to the surrounding villages of Chupani, Chaullacocha, Yanamayo and Quelcanca. When we arrived in Chuallacocha with sacks of oatmeal and sugar, they did not have utensils to cook the food nor to serve the children. Now we have a program for these children to receive one hot meal while at school.

Photo gallery

Two girls on their six grade trip, 2006. They are visiting a lake.

The incredible team of teachers of Huilloc school
along with our valuable translator, Felix.

Felix, Rosario Fernandez, Wilbert Mora, Rene Gonzales, Teofilo Ccasa

The courtyard of Huilloc School. The school houses
pre-school through 6th grade.
The current first aid station. We rarely have any supplies
and need to rely on rare doctor visits. The village has
yet to receive a visiting dentist.

The students are lined up to receive their daily lunch
which is similar to an oatmeal mix. The children have
a tin mug which they use for their meals at school.

A holding tank for water was built for the pre-school.

The water needs to be boiled first before serving to the students.

The villagers make all their own clothes.
A girl and boy in the Kindergarten room.

Children line up to receive their piece of fruit.

Anne visiting the students in October of 2003.

A new 3 classroom building being built to accommodate the growing number of students, March 2007.

Felix Quispe (translator) with Anne Schimmel Beck, Mary Mattingly, Maureen Tart Lee, Analisa Macias

Team of 2003


We are very grateful for the continued support of our sponsors
Living Water's Church, Milford Michigan
Muirhead Construction and Family
Linn Family
The Mountain Fund Organization

Milford Presbyterian Church, Michigan

St. Mary’s Church of Milford, Michigan

Clarkston Methodist Church, Michigan

The Painted Garden, Milford, Michigan

Olde Orchard Pediatric Dentistry, Novi, Michigan

Gilbert Elementary School, Arizona

Many families and friends

Contact information

323 East Commerce Street
Milford, Michigan 48381

Anne Schimmel Beck, President

Tania Hoppe, Vice President
Para espanol, 248-624-2228

Renee Champagne, Vice President


Mary Schimmel, Secretary

Christine Egger, Consultant

Claas Hoppe, Technical Support
Peruvian contacts

Rosario Penalva Fernandez, Head teacher
Profesora de Huilloc
Urabamba, Cusco, Peru

Antonio Felix Neyra Quispe, Coordinator

Juan Carlos Leroma Villa, Dentist