Where children learn to dream and dream to learn


Victor’s Vision is an after-school program for underserved youth in Chulucanas, Peru. The program began on March 22, 2010 Victor’s Vision was inspired by a ten year old boy named Victor. Several years ago, Victor came to El Albergue, an orphanage in Chulucanas, when he was abandoned by his single mother. In 2008, when Emily Felsenthal first met Victor at the Albergue, she asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. Expecting to hear that he wanted to be a policeman, astronaut or famous actor, like most kids she had met, she was shocked when he simply replied that he had no dreams and no future because he was a poor Peruvian and that’s how it would always be. To Emily, this seemed utterly unfair. Despite the deep pain and hardship Victor endured throughout his childhood, in many ways he is still just a kid. He loves to play soccer, would do just about anything for a big scoop of chocolate ice cream and, at times, can be caught singing Justin Bieber with his new brothers and sisters. He is incredibly intelligent, deeply compassionate and deserves to dream big and pursue his dreams like any other kid. Victor’s Vision is designed to serve children like Victor. Through Victor’s Vision’s after-school programming, underserved children receive the supplemental academic and personal support, guidance, and resources necessary to dream and pursue their dreams through education. All students enrolled in the program receive fifteen extra hours of schooling per week, daily personal mentorship, individualized guidance toward higher education, and college scholarships to an established university. By providing these students with such a program, Victor’s Vision hopes to instill in its students the desire, confidence and resources necessary to pursue higher education.

“Since joining the program, my Victor’s Vision students have risen to the top of their class. They always want to be the ones to participate in class and they are overall willing to work much harder than the other students.”

-Sra Caridad Baca
3rd Grade Teacher the Escuela Monteverde



Meet Our Students

Thais

Thais

is a 6th grader with the dream of becoming an engineer when she grows up! Thais joined Victor’s Vision in 2012 after

seeing how it had helped so many of her friends do better in school. Her mother, who left school after the 6th grade, was excited to get her child involved in Victor’s Vision this year because of her hope that Thais will be able to attend university one day to study engineering. Though Thais’ family lives on less than $2/day, she believes that with the support of her Victor’s Vision teachers, she will achieve dream!


Anghelo

Anghelo

has made substantial growth since he joined Victor’s Vision almost two years ago. Once a shy boy who could hardly read,

Anghelo is now one of the most confident, high-achieving students in his class. Though they face many hardships at home (neither his mother nor father have stable work), Anghelo’s family proudly says that Victor’s Vision has given them hope for the future. While Anghelo once dreamed of being a moto-taxi driver or mailman, now he says he plans to go to university so he can be a policeman and protect his community. Anghelo is the type of kid who never fails to bring a smile to your face, and whose ambition gives you total confidence that he will one day be a college graduate.


Jose Luis

Jose Luis

lives alone with his mom and brother, because his father abandoned the family when Jose Luis was just a baby. As a

result, Jose Luis’ mom struggles to support the family earning less than $1/day working various jobs around the community. Though she is overwhelmed, his mom always encourages Jose Luis to work hard in school and pursue his dreams. In his second year with Victor’s Vision, third grader Jose Luis, has decided he wants to study to become a policeman. If that doesn’t work out, Jose Luis always says he’ll settle for being a professional soccer player as well!


Lesly

Lesly

is an incredibly diligent, hardworking 6th grader. Much like her younger brother, David, Lesly likes to spend her free

time reading and playing with her friends. Though she had no clear aspirations when she first joined Victor’s Vision, Lesly now says that the program has helped her learn to love math and science, so when she grows up, Lesly is going to be a doctor!