New president of Peru, Ollanta Humala, to be inaugurated July 28th. He lost the election five years ago because many were skeptical of his ties to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Some are still worried about these ties.
Daniela and Moises (who helps run the recycling program of Dios es Amor) outside a beautiful church at the old Surco plaza.
Hospital near the old plaza in Surco. Part of the local governments plan to increase access to medicine, one of many smaller hospitals that have been popping up all over the city.
Daniela and Violeta. Violeta is a nurse at Dios es Amor and lives at their main headquarters with four of the young boys who live there.
Beautiful sign welcoming us at Dios es Amor! Just one of the many indications of the incredible hospitality here.
Pacific ocean! The cross in the background was created with materials that were leftover from buildings destroyed by Shining Path.
Main room at Dios es Amor. Where everyone eats lunch and where the younger children that come after school are tutored by Maria (who helps the younger students).
Older students at Dios es Amor. Maria also teaches them how to read and write (many did not have the opportunity to when they were younger). Also helps to empower the women and helps them realize they have a right to go out and learn. On Thursdays she does Tai Chi with them. :)
Dios es Amor!
Kitchen of DEA
Window looking into main room.
Main room view two
The people who dine at DEA!
The birdies of DEA. Found one of them and had to find a friend for him because the dogs tried to eat him :(
Garden right side: Grow vegetables and herbs in the garden to save on resources. Also have a compost bin to fertilize the garden. They are hoping to plant apple trees for aesthetic purposes and for food.
Garden left side
Playground, basketball court, and mural
Moises hard at work
Mission: Our mission is to influence positively in human development of the community with focuses in education, empowerment, health, and environmental sustainability with adequate tools and covering the necessary essentials to make this possible.
Vision: Our vision is to expand our social programs and values to more parts of the community and to be an economically sustainable program in order to ensure that the goals of our organization and our mission are met.
Daniela documenting in the living room of the office
Mili showing us one of the many uses for their recycling. When visiting family friends in Germany she found that they had used the bottom of large soda bottles to create crafty storage containers to sell in the community. They sold for about 8.50 euros in Germany!
Violeta at her desk
Amanda and Moises in Surco's old city center.
The symbol of Surco is grapes over the cathedral because Surco used to be a district that produced a lot of wine.
The point of reference for us (Daniela and Amanda). Main avenue in Surco.
Relaxation time in our cozy room! (aka blog, upload photos, and reflect on the day)
Amanda and Violeta
Wonderful cooks at Dios es Amor!
Beautiful harbor at night.
Mechita, one of the woman in charge of the health area. She works as an assistant nurse when the dentist comes.
Dios es Amor also provides glasses. They find that many doctors and clinics will tell people that they need glasses however it does no good when you cannot afford them. They do their best to provide everything necessary.
In the health clinic of Dios es Amor
One wall of the pharmacy of the clinic. Dios es Amor receives donations from hospitals and doctors, however they often receive samples. Violeta has to combine the samples to ensure the patient has enough medication.
More photos of the pharmacy
The other classroom for the older students at Dios es Amor. Juan Manuel teaches here.