The district of Huancayo in which the Training Centre is situated is called El Tambo.
In November 2008 a celebration to mark the anniversary of El Tambo was held, and the municipal authority, through their mayor, made a public recognition of the Association El Shaddai and the PCT as beneficial organisations for deprived young people and children of the region. To mark this they presented Manuel with a trophy of bronze and marble. Since there were representatives of political, military, civil and religious authorities present, plus the local press, it was good publicity for the Training Centre and the PCT.
On December 18th a graduation ceremony for the 9 students who had completed their courses in the Training Centre was held in the local Chamber of Commerce.
The Training Centre is near to receiving state recognition, which will enable the students to gain state accredited qualifications.
Besides these successes in the TC the children’s work has been going well, and most children have achieved good grades at the end of the academic year.
The children and some siblings enjoyed successful Christmas parties in December when they received presents , besides enjoying a good meal, games, a film and a Bible story presentation.
The medical work has been helping a large number of people with the Saturday morning clinics and various campaigns. The medical team, who give of their time and expertise for very little remuneration, have also gone into schools to hold campaigns on general health and hygiene issues and dental campaigns to encourage awareness of the need for oral hygiene. Medicines were donated by a Peruvian pharmaceutical company, and toothbrushes and toothpaste were donated by Colgate.
The nurse works full-time for the Trust now and a psychologist has also joined the team, working one day a week as the families suffer many emotional and mental problems.