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Merry Christmas from the LATA Foundation!

Welcome to a new look, festive edition of The LATA Foundation newsletter.

Thank you for all your support in 2015! Your generous donations have enabled us to: refurbish a home for homeless boys in Bolivia; rescue, rehabilitate and re-release hundreds of endangered animals in Costa Rica; plant hundreds of thousands of native trees in Peru, and much more! Special thanks to Las Iguanas for their continued support and help in supporting our far reaching social project in Rio de Janeiro. Special thanks also go to Scott Dunn and Last Frontiers whose generous donations have been instrumental in funding a number of our Latin American projects in the past year. A huge thank you also to Air Europa, for their continued support of our events.

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We've also hosted many successful (and fun!) fundraising events in 2015, from the annual LATA Foundation quiz (won by the team from Rainbow Tours - well done guys!), to a zumbathon, cocktail making class and sponsored half-marathon! Check out some of the photos from the events below:

 Alex,Tito & friend at the finish line            Claire & Fran with their cocktails
Some of the Foundation volunteers at the Quiz
We are excited to announce that we are now on 'Give as you Live' just in time for Christmas! Shop online via the 'Give as you Live' website and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the LATA Foundation, without costing you an extra penny!
Looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts? Take a look at these ideas!
  • £4 can buy ballet shoes for one dance student in Brazil
  • £16 will buy 25 saplings of native trees to be planted in Peru
  • £25 will buy dental treatment to provide a new smile for a child in the slums of Buenos Aires
  • £80 will rescue a squirrel monkey in Costa Rica
  • £200 will buy the uniform, books and educational equipment to allow a child in Ecuador to attend school for a year
For more information or to dontate to the LATA Foundation, go to or email
2015 has also seen the launch of our brand new website! Designed and built by our volunteers we are very proud of the result and hope you agree that it is much clearer and snazzier! Check it out here:
An update on our Projects

Fundacion Calicanto - Panama
Successful graduates of the CAPTA training programme

This year Calicanto has used the money donated by the LATA Foundation to build a database of job opportunities for the women learning skills with Calicanto. The project, once implemented, will be vital in helping provide employment for the women participating in the CAPTA scheme. Those looking to fill positions in the tourism industry will have direct access to a trained pool of accredited potential future employees who have graduated from Calicanto's CAPTA scheme.  This is vitally important for the women who undertake the seven week training programme, during which they do not have a stable income. Next year Calicanto are planning to expand with new computers to improve the range of training they provide, in addition to all the fantastic work they are already successfully carrying out.

Condor Trust - Quito, Ecuador

Condor students and their chosen subjects     Students on a study trip earlier this year                         

The LATA Foundation has been proud to support Condor Trust in 2015 by supplying funds to allow students to attend school. Our funding of £3,000 provided each student with a uniform, study books, writing materials, exercise books and all the educational equipment needed to attend school for one year. The Condor Trust is active in the UK with fundraising events and we have been happy to attend their wonderful classical music concert in St John Smiths Square and then later in the year to see them on the Ecuadorian food stall at the Anglo Latin American fair. It is inspiring to see how a new partnership with an NGO has enabled us to combine resources, resulting in an even bigger increase of awareness.

De La Gente - Guatemala

     One of the farmers on his farm                          Freshly harvested coffee beans

One of the biggest challenges currently facing coffee producers in Guatemala is Roya, which is an airborne fungus that destroys coffee plants unless treated. Our partners De La Gente work with a number of coffee cooperatives in Guatemala to improve their economic opportunities. This year, the LATA Foundation has funded training and fungicides for farmers in San Miguel de Escobar and La Suiza coffee cooperatives and we are delighted that this has already paid dividends in increased harvests. For the 2015-16 harvest, De La Gente will source about 9,000 lbs of coffee from La Suiza (up from 2,600 lbs in 2014-15) and about 50,000 lbs of coffee, up from 45,000 lbs in 2014-15 from San Miguel de Escobar with Roya now being virtually non-existent. The increased income from La Suiza's harvest will hopefully enable them to improve the school and build a health centre.

Friends of Alalay - Bolivia

     The newly renovated boys home                          One of the happy residents :)

At the end of last year the LATA Foundation decided to support Friends of Alalay by donating £5,000 to the refurbishment of the original Alalay Boys’ Welcome House in Santa Cruz. Due to a lack of funds and other resources for maintenance work, the Boys’ Welcome House had become very run down, with badly leaking roofs, broken windows and very insanitary toilet and shower facilities. Work carried out included re-roofing and re-painting of the building, fitting new toilets and showers, re-plumbing and new windows). Whilst the project was delayed by several months due to problems with local contractors and severe weather conditions we are thrilled that the refurbishment was completed last month and the boys can enjoy a clean, safe and attractive environment!

Todos Juntos - Argentina

Two young patients getting some much needed treatment

Todos Juntos continues to serve the local community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Treating underprivileged children up to the age of 17, their 3 Sonrisa dental centres aim to provide free dental treatment for all in these deprived communities. With the continued support of LATAF, the volunteer dentists are treating approximately ten to fifteen children per day in each clinic, and spreading the word about dental hygiene in the wider community. However, there is still a three-month waiting list to treat children, so our support is very much valued and more vital than ever. In addition to the clinics, Todos Juntos also supply shoes, clothes and blankets in the winter months, as well as organising Christmas parties for the children and their families.

Children Change Colombia (formerly Children of the Andes) - Colombia

Dance and music classes for Children Change Colombia's new project, Tiempo de Juego

This year has seen a big change for Children of the Andes. From October 2015, Children of the Andes have now become Children Change Colombia. The charity will continue to defend the rights of children at risk in Colombia, and intend to do more of the same with a new name to help spread greater awareness in the UK and Colombia. This year the LATA Foundation provided £3000 to go towards a new project, Tiempo de Juego. Based in the Soacha district of Bogota, Tiempo de Juego work to protect children and young people from forced recruitment or other involvement in gangs and urban militia groups by using drama and music activities to occupy their free time, express their ideas in a positive way, and engage and galvanise their families and local communities in positive change.

Kids Saving the Rainforest - Costa Rica

          Baby sloths, Bruno and Elvis                       Titi, a rescued baby squirrel monkey

This year the LATA Foundation has supported Kids Saving the Rainforest’s Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Project, which has seen an increase in injured wildlife rescued and then released back into the wild. Katie Aston from our Projects Team visited in May and reported: “We were introduced to Bruno and Elvis, their youngest sloths who are between 2 & 3 months old, the most delightful little creatures curled up on top of each other in a basket.” To date, 55% of the wildlife admitted to the centre has been released. We are also supporting a Squirrel Monkey Release Project – the first of its kind – which is studying the specific rescue, rehabilitation, and release of the first troop of endangered squirrel monkeys into the wild. Jennifer Rice, President of KSTR said "We are extremely grateful to you all for this grant to help save and release the endangered squirrel monkeys. Thanks thanks thanks!"

Vidarte Space - Brazil

         Students at the ballet school                                    A Britto-style sign

The Vidarte Space with its main project Vidancar Dance School is located in the Complexo do Alemao favela in Rio de Janeiro. It began in 2009 as an initiative to offer underprivileged children from the favelas the opportunity to express themselves through the art of ballet, with just 15 pupils. In 2015 that number has risen to over 400 children, allowing them to learn and express themselves not only through ballet, which is still its main activity, but also theatre, football, audiovisual and surfing. Currently, three students of the Vidançar Project, Larissa, Luis and Yasmin are part of the student body of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, developing and growing as great dancers. The LATA Foundation has supported the Dance and Football projects throughout the year allowing the children to be able to express themselves with pride and comfort.

Ecoan Reforestation - Peru

Tree planting in the Sacred Valley with the local communities

The LATA Foundation have joined the communities of Lares and Ecoan to help them preserve their water supply and wildlife habitat by planting native trees. This area has seen a drastic loss of water storage due to recent glacier melt. The trees store water, stabilise hillsides and capture carbon and nitrogen dioxide. So far over 300,000 native trees have been planted, and during December 2015 the Foundation are providing a further 7,000 trees to be planted near Patacancha. For 2016 the plan is to continue planting more trees. It is a simple project but one that is essential to the survival not only of the native wildlife, but of the Lares communities themselves. The goal is to reach one million.

The Year Ahead

In 2016 we are continuing the thread of concentrating on several core projects, keeping many of our current core projects as well as adding a few new ones. We also have a few exciting events planned and yet more in the pipeline, so watch this space!

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year from all of us!
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