Gotas de agua is a non governmental non-profit association that was founded on November 24th, 2010 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Our vision is equal opportunities for all children, regardless of social background.

Our mission is to set up sustainable, locally run institutions, that offer education and psychological support to children and their families in disadvantaged areas in Peru.

The Spanish name “Gotas de agua” means drops of water. Symbolically, this represents our association’s work: we carry out projects on grounds that we know are fertile. What is missing is the right irrigation. A single drop of water may vanish, while too much moisture may drown a plant. It is our task to give the right amount of water in the appropriate place so that a project can thrive and sustainably bring forth new fruits. Our role therefore is not to freely distribute the fruits, but to prepare an environment in which they can replenish and thrive without us; to be harvested again and again in the long run.

We implement projects that provide high-quality education, skills and knowledge and that also promote individual responsibility, tolerance, and respect. Our goal is to prepare young people to make the most of future opportunities and to develop their skills in a sustainable way.

Some History…

Dorothee Raas, the President of the Gotas de agua foundation, has visited Peru several times since 1999. In November 2010, when the association was founded, she began working for the project full time in the outskirts of Lima, Peru’s capital city.

The association’s work in Switzerland during its first year of existence was focused on raising money for the Christmas festivities and then soon after for the current project Gotas de agua – Raucana. In August 2011, Dorothee was asked by Raucana’s board of directors to lead this project in the name of Gotas de agua. This was agreed upon during the association’s Annual General Meeting on November 19th, 2011.

On February 24th, 2012, Gotas de agua – Sucursal Lima, Perú was officially registered in Peru as a branch of the Swiss association. The branch works locally and within the framework of the Swiss association.

Currently, the branch carries out the project Gotas de agua – Raucana for children, their families and young adults in the community of Raucana, in the district of Ate Vitarte in Lima, and organizes annual Christmas parties for up to now over 3,000 children in the most desolate parts of Peru. Read more about this in the “Projects” section.

Help  us conduct our projects by clicking on “Donations”