Dear friends and family,
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the outpouring of support we’ve received.
John Sr.+ Diane, Greg and Trish, Monique, Zaina, Aunty Debby and Uncle Barry, Kay, Pinda, John P., and Bill….Thank you so much for your generous contributions!!
The benefit party was a big hit, and the online fundraiser has been a spectacular success!! We put all the money from the “Electric Sushi” party into construction materials and school supplies, and I’m saving the money earned through PayPal to use specifically for underprivileged children.
From left to right: Kelly, Rossana, and Anne. These ladies worked hard making yummy sushi and Peruvian cocktails all night long. (Note: At one point in your lifetime, you need to try both a Pisco Sour and a Maracuya Sour. Put it on the list. Trust me. )
Rossana’s husband DJ’ed for the first half of the party, and then some awesome local musicians played Peruvian music for the remainder of the evening.
Now that we have some funds, the moms are working hard on creating a safe and organized learning space for the children. Rossana and her husband Dave have been kind enough to let us use the extra lot next to their private home to build our modest Montessori school.
Catalina, the foreman on the job, is assessing the best way to bring down this crumbling adobe structure.
After some productive sledgehammering, the construction team built an oven in the earth and baked potatoes, yucca, and yams. We’re starting to put some love into our place, and boy did the children love it!
We need to clear out the adobe bricks now and rake the land really well so that it’s child proof. Then we plan to grow some grass, plant a garden, build a sandbox, and construct a roofed area to protect us from the hot Huanchaco sun. Eventually, we will build an enclosed classroom with a bathroom, but in the meantime, Rossana and Dave will generously allow us to continue using the bathroom next door.
While our little Casa is being built, I am looking to volunteer at an already existing ‘free’ school that is run by a local priest. The Padre has been working with impoverished children in the area for years now, so I’m hoping to gain a good understanding of how we can best be of service to the children of Huanchaco.
Everyone that I have spoken with speaks very highly of the Padre and the work he does in the community, so I am very excited to meet with him on Monday. Eventually, I’d like to establish a partnership with the Casa de los Ninos and the Padre’s CEP School.
Once again, I want to thank you all for supporting our effort to give back to the community of Huanchaco. I will be writing regular updates to keep you abreast of our progress. Much love! -STEVIE