The last week I took a detour from my regular travels and got a little dirty. As part of my Niece Project 3.0 Megan decided that she wanted to do a little volunteering in Peru, so our last week was spent working with the amazing people of Project Peru in various capacities. We headed north of Lima to the district of Puente Piedra to do our volunteering. It was really eye opening to see the change from Miraflores Lima to Puenta Piedra – night and day – rich and poor. The landscape became more congested dirt filled, tree-less, and surprisingly happy. Isn’t that the weird part about poverty or the ‘have-not’s’? The less they have the happier they appear to be.
We stayed at the refuge of Project Peru that also houses 50 children from the Las Laderas shanty town. While in the refuge we played with the kids, helped with English, and walked them to/from school. We also saw just how much work it is to run a refuge with 50 kids and just a handful of ‘house mothers’. We helped with the shopping, laundry, discipline, cooking, and anything else that kept this well-oiled machine running.
For the other part of the week we spent in the community of Las Laderas – a shanty town full of single mothers and lots of kids. Built into the barren, dusty hills of Lima – we saw how families survive there – barely. Prior to the trip Megan did fundraising in order to fund some new houses in the area for families in need. She successfully rose over $1800 which equated to about 2 houses. Megan and I worked with a crew of 2 to 3 guys from Project Peru and built a new house for a family in the community as well as started the foundation of a 2nd house before we had to head back to the US. It was a really rewarding experience and a great way to see real life in Lima and understand the struggles of many.
The fundraising is still going on for Project Peru! You can provide your donation here.
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