Hello friends and family! Cristi is safely off to the airport and we are getting ready to meet with the FH Country Director for Peru.
I noticed while checking the stats that this blog is getting over 400 hits a day! Thank you so much for your support. The idea of so many people checking this and reading it has led me to take this opportunity to share a huge need from the community of LaPerla with all of you who have been following our trip. Yup – here it comes – I just want to present you with an opportunity to sponsor a child here in LaPerla.
I had considered including a whole photo gallery of all of the amazing and beautiful children we spent the last week with that are eagerly awaiting sponsorship….but that felt a little manipulative and I just want the facts to speak for themselves. Last night at the farewell ceremonies a girl I had never seen before shyly walked up to me with her mother and held out a wrinkled and well-handled photo to me. It was a photo of my sister and my two nieces. Her mother explained to me that my sister sponsored her daughter and how the whole household had celebrated when they got the news. The photo was well worn because the girl carries it with her wherever she goes. Another girl stayed home from the farewell last night because she was crying so hard she couldn´t bear to leave the house. These are real kids with real needs, and there are over 150 of them in LaPerla that still need sponsorship.
The medical team went and observed some of the programs that FH funds for the communities. There are literally travelling museums that show the importance of washing your hands and cleaning your water. They gave out over 2000 safe-water containers to families throughout Pucallpa this year. The Saturday morning tutoring class is completely booked. All of the cooking classes and financial classes for the mothers of the community are provied. And all of these programs and more are covered by the costs of child sponsorship. This is of course on top of all of the other benefits that are specifically for your child. Of those benefits, perhaps one of the most powerful is the fact that your sponsor child´s family may some day soon have a celebration of their own, and that child might have his or her own photo to carry in their notebook.
This isn´t a late-night informercial with a lot of sad looking kids. This is a call for you to participate in the lives of this happy community that is growing in hope, growing in God, growing in confidence….and we want to help them keep growing. The cost of child sponsorship is $32/Month. If you want to join the quickly-growing family of Americans and Peruvians in this beautiful family (which we´ll be returning to next year), please shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org It is going to be crazy when I get home, but I promise to get back to you next week and we´ll set you up. Thank you all so much for listening. Time to go hang out with the director!