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Nov 20 2013

Peru: ‘Empire of hidden treasures’


Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today on CFCA’s 32-year anniversary, we take a closer look at our work in the South American country, Peru.

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Aug 3 2012

Wisdom of the Ages: Blanca, 76, and Luis, 77, from Peru

Here is an interview with Blanca, 76, and Luis, 77; two sponsored aging friends in the Hope for a Family program in Lima, Peru. They were married 41 years ago and have supported each other since.

Blanca and Luis, CFCA sponsored aging couple in Lima, Peru.

Blanca, 76, and Luis, 77, are sponsored through CFCA in Peru.

What is your secret for a long life?

Blanca: To laugh when you can and to cry when you have to.

Luis: Do not complain about life, remain joyful and work hard because when working, you forget about problems.

What advice do you have for young people?

Blanca: Stay away from drugs.

Luis: Keep your mind busy doing activities that you enjoy because a free mind tends to think about bad things. Young people must make an effort to find good company, good friends. Read more

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Dec 16 2011

How Estrella got a new costume for her singing performances

Henry Perez, CFCA project coordinator in Lima, Peru, sent us a short series of updates about sponsored friends and how they are being empowered through sponsorship benefits. Here’s the story of Estrella, a sponsored child who sings traditional Peruvian music.

Second from right is Estrella, CFCA sponsored child in Peru, with her family

Second from right is Estrella, CFCA sponsored child in Peru, with her family.

Estrella was sponsored one year ago through CFCA.

She has been singing Peruvian Huaynos music since she was 4, and she is 11 now.

She is in sixth grade and lives with her father, Maximo, who works as a taxi driver, and her mother, Domitila, in Santa Rosa.

Estrella sings in school activities and in the community, and she wants to take her art to a professional level.

She practices at home and wears a special costume, which is very important to her because it is a way to identify herself.

In September 2011, all her costumes were stolen and she was not able to perform any more, but thanks to the sponsorship program, her family saved enough money through their sponsorship benefits to buy the costumes she wears now.

Estrella is happy and very thankful to CFCA, for this makes her dream of being a singer come true.

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Nov 10 2011

Sponsorship gives dignity to those with special needs

Doris, CFCA sponsored child in Peru, and family

Doris, CFCA sponsored child in Peru, and her family.

Henry Perez, CFCA project coordinator in Lima, Peru, sent us this short update about Doris and her family and how they are being empowered through sponsorship benefits.

Doris was sponsored through CFCA when she was 4. She is 12 now and in first year at junior high at Virgin del Rosario School, in Manchay, Peru.

She is so thankful to CFCA for giving her the opportunity to continue with her studies.

Her mother belongs to a CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.

Her father’s name is Dionisio, and he suffered from polio when he was young. The disease left him partially paralyzed in the legs and left arm.

In spite of this disability, he works as a tailor. He works at home and supports his family.

He sews in a small machine that has a small engine; he uses his right hand because he canít use his legs. His neighbors say he is a good tailor.

Doris’ mother sells small jellies and tamales in the streets. In this way, she helps contribute to the family’s income.

Both of Doris’ parents are responsible for helping sponsored children and their families write letters to sponsors in the mothers group.

They are grateful to CFCA for supporting their daughter’s education and are happy to participate in the mothers group.

Sponsored friends and their families are our priority. They own the sponsorship program.

Therefore, they must decide on how sponsorship benefits are distributed and their involvement in the CFCA project, both in its planning and its implementation and evaluation.

In this sense, families are empowered and with CFCA’s help and facilitation, they become protagonists in managing the sponsorship program.

The Lima project, along with all the CFCA projects, understands that dignity is the fundamental value of families. Being treated with dignity is having the freedom to decide about their futures, their families and their communities.

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Feb 16 2011

A look back at Walk2gether in Peru

CFCA asks project coordinators in the countries that Walk2gether visits to complete questionnaires about their experience with the walk. The questions are intended to identify the walk’s highlights and challenges in their country. Here are some comments from Henry Perez, project coordinator in Lima, Peru. (Walk2gether is now in Bolivia.)

What are the most memorable moments during the walk?

The Walk2gether camper had to leave the walk so that its country circulation permits could be renewed in Peru. We drove the camper back to the border to renew the permits.

During this trip, the camper suffered several mechanical problems, causing a delay in catching up with the walk.

Walk2gether in the Peruvian desert

Walk2gether in the desert in Peru.

The camper was away from Walk2gether about five days. Most of Bob’s equipment and gear is inside. It’s the only place where he has time to rest and relax during the walk.

In spite of this, Bob showed his strength and will to continue and spent these days in a minivan to rest and keep the little gear he had. We were able to spend more time with him and see a different side of his humanity.

The second most memorable moment was walking on the road from Arequipa to Juliaca. The narrow, steep roads took us from 2,800 meters (about 1.7 miles) above sea level to 4,528 meters (about 2.8 miles) in the same day.

The curves were very dangerous and the visibility was poor. A very strong rainstorm occurred, and we suffered extreme cold that numbed our body. Then a hailstorm hit as we were going up the road.

Despite these extreme weather and road conditions, Bob did not stop and motivated all of us to continue with our mission.

What are some challenges Walk2gether encountered?

CFCA-Lima has three full-time staff members and serves about 1,600 sponsored members. At the same time, the walk in Peru was going to be very long, almost four months, because Peru is a big country ó almost twice the size of Texas. During much of the walk no sponsored members or their families were nearby to accompany it.

All three of us agreed to take on this challenge, and we did it!

What are some things that went well?

We had company and protection from the national police and the ability to consolidate our team’s duties by multitasking.

Walk2gether portable bathroom

Walk2gether’s portable bathroom.

We had a police escort 98 percent of the way in Peru. Some policemen even joined the core group of the walk (“Grupo Corazon”) and walked long distances, offering protection.

Did you have a funny moment during the walk?

Many! One was at a rest stop when one of the drivers went to use the portable bathroom.

Nobody knew he was in there and the truck driver pulling the portable bathroom took off.

The man inside the bathroom did not know what to do. He opened the door and realized it was moving, but he could not close the door again and stayed and greeted the people in the buses that were passing by.

We remembered this moment along the rest of the walk!

Did anything go wrong?

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Jan 20 2011

CFCA caption contest: Donkeys and deserts

Update: We have finished judging on this caption contest and have announced the winner. Thanks to all who participated.

Frigid temperatures, Walk2gether in the Andes, beautiful landscapes and ambling donkeys Ö they can only mean one thing.

CFCA caption contest

A CFCA caption contest!

How would you describe the action going on in this picture? Share with us your clever caption by adding a comment below.

(Here’s a refresher on our guidelines ñ we don’t accept offensive or inappropriate comments, profane or abusive language.)

A team of qualified panelists (a.k.a. CFCA employees) will pick the winning caption in early†February. The winner will receive a prize of a Walk2gether bracelet as well as recognition from the general CFCA community.

Enjoy, and feel free to pass this on to your friends!

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Jan 17 2011

Bob from the Road – Peru/Bolivia crossing

Bob on Walk2getherBob Hentzen and the Walk2gether team have left Peru and are now crossing into Bolivia.

They have walked more than 5,000 miles of the 8,000-mile walk through some of the highest terrain they will encounter: the Altiplano of Peru. Their highest altitude to date was 14,856 feet above sea level.

Thank you for all your prayers and support of Walk2gether during this time.

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