Marketable Skills for Youth.
Many of the marginalized youth have had little formal education and therefore their advanced education must not require a grade 12 graduation. We are helping to educate the youth in small marketable trades such as tourist guides, assistant chefs, and numerous bakers. These skills will help the youth be contributing members of society
Alcedies, a retired policeman, has taken in marginalized street boys and has given them a home. He purchased some swamp land and he and the boys have built it into a beautiful homestead with a blue house, animal stalls, cuy, chicken and duck pens, and nice dormitories. These boys have been learning life skills at Alcedies’ Asul de Wasi and become great young men.
Sharperu has helped Azul with a guinea pig farm. We purchased some breeding guinea pigs and they have a nice little guinea pig farm going now. We also purchased the materials to make a nice size green house where the boys can grow produce to eat and sell.
Hot Chocolate Christmases.
Hot Chocolate, a sweet bun and a toy. Year to date we have sponsored 18 Christmas's to thousands of underprivileged children in orphanages, street shelters, Quechan villages and schools. A Thank you to everyone who has donated money, toys, candy, books, and hygiene kits to these children. Imagine what a happy face you have put on these children.
Wood burning concrete stoves with a Chimney.
We started out by putting stoves and ovens in villages and communities. One little community the children 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 School also purchased a wood burning stove for another school where the children arrive hungry after walking hours to get to school. In the villages where the Quechan women and children cook together, the chimney will help against smoke lungs and early death.
A group of underprivileged women have taken marketing classes and learned how to make numerous projects. Some classes have been knitting, 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 different colour the yogurt wouldn't work. If this happened she wouldn’t have enough money to purchase the supplies to make yogurt the next day. They live day to day, hand to mouth.
Guinea Pig (Cuy) Project
In Cusco Peru, 10 women have micro-financed a small guinea pig (cuy) project. The women operate a small shop where they butcher guinea pig and make jellied ham or fresh cuy to sell to local restaurants.
If you want a nice thick piece of guinea pig (cuy) ham on a warm fresh bun. Join us in Cusco, Peru and for $2.00 you can have a cuy ham sandwich with a large glass of Inka Cola and then enjoy some great company.
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 villagers 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 equal to 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 rise above anyone else. Everyone goes with or without