On Saturday we were able to give away sweaters and vitamins to children in Peruarbo thanks to the Halversons of Winter Haven, Florida. They donated a large suitcase full of beautiful hand-made sweaters and vitamins. You should have seen the joy on the faces of the children! Wow, were they thrilled! They all send their thanks to the Halversons and especially Shirley who put so much time into knitting each piece so lovingly.
Peruarbo is a very poor area on the outside of Arequipa where the mountains begin. The people in this area are poor and many have no education, therefore it is hard for them to find a good job. Some work for tiendas (small stores), some in the chacras (fields) and others in the sillar mines (white volcanic stones). Many have no work at all. Children are left at home all day with no one to watch over them. It is not unusual for a 5 year old to be alone and often in charge of a 3 year old. Most have nothing to eat all day. There are many orphans in this area. Some are being watched by relatives and some are staying with neighbors. There is simply a need for almost everything in this poor area, including water, electricity and sewage disposal.
We are working with Pastor Guiliana Anchante, a missionary from Lima who runs a feeding center and church. Guiliana also lives with us and totally depends on donations. She live on faith each month just as we do. If you would like more information on this ministry, please contact us.
Enjoy the pictures of the children with their new sweaters.