And so the journey begins… The entire team made it safe into Lima, arriving at different hours of the day. Some folks came in a few days earlier even, to get some sightseeing done in Moraflores and Barranco before the real work begins. We all got together for the first time at noon at the Hotel dining room, where Josh, our DWC team leader gave us a run down of what we can expect in the next few days. We had a great welcome lunch and headed to the City’s centre to check out some of the historic sites, guided by Javier, our official translator/tour guide.
Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.
The school is called San Jose Obrero. 400 students attend this primary school to grade 5. Our project is to renovate a storage building to be used for the children’s advocacy group DESNNA who work to prevent violence against children. We are also working on the bakery classroom where each of the children attending school learn to bake. The profits go back to children at the end of each year. The children love us – and we them! We have developed a huge fan base- the children follow us around and hug us all the time!
Sixteen students and three staff from Father Mercredi School boarded a plane in Fort McMurray, Alberta at 12:45 am on April 11th. Twenty-four hours later they were boarding a bus at the Lima airport, heading to the guest house they would be calling home for the next six days. This is where the adventure begins!
Well the first day up to the San Jose Obrero school was a real eye opener! We started off from the Miraflores are of Lima, which is a beautiful, affluent seaside area that is like downtown Vancouver or Honolulu, with palm trees and beaches right by ocean. We gradually transition to less and less affluent areas to one where the unpaved roads are very steep paved and the hills are covered in small brick buildings with corrugated tin roofs.
We arrived in Lima in the early morning hours. We were picked up and taken to our hotel where we promptly checked in and went to sleep.
After a few hours of rest and some wandering Miraflores, we were picked up at the hotel by our tour guide, Astrid, from Llama Path. We were escorted by bus passed the Leap the Monk and La Herradura beach, two interesting tourist stops in Lima.
It was an early start… with a little bit of associated stress. We had met with Jose from Llama Path the night before at 5:00 PM. That was when we saw just how small our “duffle bags” were. We might have 6 kilos of personal belongings… but how were we to fit it into those little bags?! We also learned at that time that we would be picked up at 4:30 AM!!!! So much for starting day one rested.
First Encounters: Urban Foundation at San Jose Obrero School November 19, 2017- From seaside to mountainside, the Urban Foundation group made our introductory trek to San Jose Obrero School (SJOS) early on Sunday morning to partake in the festivities of IFEJANT´s Children´s Fair. We were let out of our transport van midway up a steep Read More…
Day 1: A warm welcome Having never participated in a program like this before, I was looking forward to the first day with a mix of excitement and apprehension. Even though we were told that the community wanted the project, I was concerned that we may not feel welcome as outsiders coming in to tell Read More…
May 18 Although this was our last day of work, it was definitely our best. We started off with an uneventful morning full of sanding, chipping, brick organizing and water carrying. It was a surprise for us to find out we would be taking an early break to see a performance put on by the Read More…
Thursday, April 20 Today was our last day at San Jose Abrero. It was nice to see the improvements we made but also recognize how much more work needs to be done. Only with programs like this does the school get any funding or improvements. I was really proud of our Bodwell students for working Read More…