Huanchaco In Action Update…

It’s official, Huanchaco In Action is a legal NGO!! Yippee!!

Here’s an update on some of our recent activities:

In celebration of  Semana Santa (Easter), we had a little parade with some of the children from La Casita de Los Ninos (Click HERE to read last update on La Casita).  We walked the streets of Huanchaco to spread the love and tell everybody about our new community school.  We currently have twelve students, seven of which are on scholarship. We still need at least three more paying students, however, to be running at a sustainable level, but I’m sure we will find them (and more) within a couple of weeks.

Below is Mateo, our handsome “Jesus.” He and his sister, Fatima, are both attending the school on scholarship.  Sadly, their father, who our little Jesus refers to as ‘el maricon’ (oh where do they pick these things up?) was alcoholic, abusive, and ran out on them.  Before arriving to La Casita, his mother feared that Mateo was becoming a bit of problem child.  But now, after one short month, his teachers have reported that Mateo is a model student.  Likewise, his sister, who is our youngest student, is among the brightest and most concentrated in the class.

THANK YOU for making it possible for us to provide a safe place and a well-rounded education for these children.

Beautiful Catalina looking very intense, if not quite devout.

We also had a FUNdraiser for the school with handprints and face painting!

And, finally, HIA is VERY proud to present, Huanchaco’s first Organic Food Market!!!

Today was our very first market and it was a big success! We offered  a wide variety of lettuces, herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olives, olive oils, and marmalades–ALL ORGANIC–along with a healthy lunch of quiche, salad, and homemade toffee!

Paco and Ruth run the Minka Verde Farms where all this organic yumminess is produced.  On top of growing and selling  their delicious produce, they are also active in teaching their fellow Peruvians how to grow sustainably, without chemicals.  Their hope is that today’s organic market turns into tomorrow’s  organic movement in Trujillo, Peru.

Happy Spring equinox (in the northern hemisphere), Easter and Passover everyone!!!



  1. mamatuyas says:

    Te amo, m’hita.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful work Stevie! Starting an NGO is SO much work!
    And also, how is Mongo? I keep wondering about him?

    • We certainly worked hard to get the NGO up and running, but now that’s it legal, finally, all we have to do is work on our projects, which is so rewarding that it can hardly be considered work at all.

      Mongo has made a miraculous recovery! The King of Huanchaco reigns on! That being said, he’s looking to be King of A Small U.S. Town with lax leash laws where they don’t poison dogs. Let us know if you know of anyone.

  3. Kaycee Smith says:

    I miss you!

  4. Lorraine Chittock says:

    Wow, impressive stuff!!!!

  5. Reagan Gagnon says:

    good work, woman. im so proud of you!!!!!

  6. Wonderful Stevie!!

  7. Congratulations, you two. You’re doing good work! It’s great to see.

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