Building work at Manuel Duato special needs school

Columban missionary Fr John Boles has sent some images of the recent building work underway at the Manuel Duato special needs school in Lima.

According to Fr Boles, the work is progressing thanks to recent donations received from Columban benefactors, particularly those sent in response to the ‘Andrea Álvarez Appeal’.

Inside the new canteen: Fr John Boles, with the architect César and builder´s assistant, Eric and Fr Ed O’Connell.
Parents being trained on how to use the new allotment, where we will grow veggetables for the canteen.

Manuel Duato is a school for physically and intellectually challenged children and adolescents in poverty-stricken areas of Peru’s capital, Lima.

The school was set up by the Columbans more than 30 years ago in response to the large numbers of poor Lima families raising children with intellectual disabilities.

Today, the school serves more than 500 children. Many of the students are pre-schoolers, while a large number of the children have hearing impairments that make learning difficult.

The allotment at the Manuel Duato special needs school in Lima being dug by Antonio and Ioane, two Columban seminarians from Fiji.
Fr John Boles with Fr Ed O’Connell, outside the new extension to the social worker´s office at the Manuel Duato special needs school in Lima.

Columban Fr Ed O’Connell is President of the Civic Association Fe y Esperanza which oversees the management of the school.

About 30% of the students are Down’s syndrome. Almost 25% are in occupational therapy which gives them a chance to participate in workshops that give them life skills for their adult years.

Fr Ed O’Connell and the team at Manuel Duato have put a lot of effort into raising funds to keep this important project going. All costs are funded through the generosity of benefactors.

Please support this project by sending a donation to the Far East Office, Dalgan Park, Navan, Co Meath C15 AY2Y. Alternatively, you can donate online at or call 00353 46 909 8275.

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