Cuy (guinea pig) project at Azul Wasi Boys Orphanage. Alcedies a policeman in Peru supported a small boys orphanage on the outskirts of Cusco. The boys helped to drain a swamp and build a house on stilts. We sponsored the capital project to help the boys set up a guinea pig farm. The boys took classes on how to raise and breed cuy. Thanks everyone for your donation for this great project. We also purchased a vehicle that allowed the boys to deliver the cuy and haul the boys to and from school and events. Thank you for your financial donations.
Women’s Projects. A group of underprivileged women have taken marketing classes and learned how to make numerous projects. Some classes have been knitting, others cuy (guinea pig) ham preparation, yogurt making, Christmas crafts, card making, doll making and sewing. When we were at one of the classes, one of the women showed us the yogurt they had learned to make. They wrapped the warm yogurt starter in a blue sweater and then a red sweater and put it in the left corner of the room. When we asked why the certain color of sweater she replied that these are the colors she was taught with. She couldn’t take the chance that if she used a blue sweater and the yogurt didn’t work. If this happened she wouldn’t have enough money to purchase the supplies to make yogurt the next day. Sometimes I forget they live day to day, hand to mouth.
These women sewed warm vests for the women at the Women’s Prison and help them learn marketable skills. They appreciate what they have learned and teach other less advantaged women. A complete closed circle. Thank you everyone who donated sewing machines and supplies to teach the women these skills. What a great feeling to know you have completed a circle of learning.
Medical Support. We purchased bus tickets for a woman to go to Doctors without Borders. She had been attached with an ax by her husband when she was sleeping with her small son. A local jungle doctor has sewn her up but her eye was sewn in to move up and down. She was only 20 and needed to go to Bolivia to the clinic. She had no way to pay $60 for the ticket and 3 week stay at the clinic. The village brought this woman to us to say she needed medical help. We wanted to give her the money to purchase the ticket but this would have raised her above the rest of the villager that were helping her and feeding her son. We had to hand the ticket to the village mayor and she had the villagers vote if this young injured woman could go to the doctor. This way the woman was still beneath the villagers and then they let her take the ticket.
In the High Andes, Quechan villages cook together and eat together so no one goes hungry but this means that no one is allowed to financially raise themselves above anyone else. Is a totally different way of thinking to us in North America. but it works for their culture. Everyone goes with or without.
Wood burning concrete stoves with a Chimney. We started out by putting stoves and ovens in villages and communities. One little community the chidren were in a school class with 3 children on each chair and no desk. We helped them put in a stove so the school teachers could ensure the children had one healthy meal a day. They said that children cannot learn with an empty hungry stomach. The Raymond Elementary also purchased a woodburning stove for a school where the children arrive hungry after walking hours to get to school every morning. In the villages where the Quechan women and children cook together, the chimney will help against smoke lungs and early death.
Many people have donated to purchase items for different needy situations. There are way too many to write but each donation has made a positive impact.
- a clothes washing machine for 60 people at Remar Cusco Orphanage.
- Nebulizer for a couple children at Chaska Wasi Orphanage
- Large Thank you baskets of gifts for the women volunteers at House of Stars Orphanage.
- Medication shelves at House of Stars
- School supplies, books and pencils for numerous schools.
- Wheel chair made out of an old car seat