We are really pleased to announce the arrival of three new volunteers to LaCasaCorazon.
Charlotte Schuurman comes to us from Portugal and arrived here February 5th. Charlotte is Dutch, but grew up in Portugal where her parents made the decision to raise her and her brother speaking English. Charlotte has great supportive skills and is excited to help us in our new tutoring project at Cerritos. She has made a 6 month commitment to the community and we are very happy to have her here.
Connie Jasiak is from Michigan and is here until September. Connie applied just a few weeks ago, with a great CV and a big heart. She is getting used to Peru and community living but already has made us feel like she has been here from the beginning.
Katie Kessler came to our fundraiser, a friend of Malin Green, and immediately asked if she could come discuss volunteering with us. She only has a few weeks but we are loving our time with her. We hope she can return for a longer commitment later, she is a great addition to the beginning team .
We also want to thank Julio Luis, who is studying medicine in Trujillo, for taking the time to help us establish our meetings with the community we are going to be working with. He will be volunteering with us and also helping us to find some additional Peruvian university students to help with the tutoring program.
We had a good meeting with the community of moms up at Cerritos de el Virgen last week. We have committed to going up to the community center every day to help kids with their homework in the afternoons and to make sure they are understanding what is happening in the class room. Learning to read and write Spanish is the first thing that kids need to be able to master, English classes are helpful only if built on a firm foundation.
We have much more to tell you.. we are commencing a fundraising drive to bring running water to this community that only recently has electricity. There are several stages involved but the first one is to fund a study to see where the well can be dug and how much it will cost to get water to the whole community.
Let’s work together to see to it that the life changing water comes to Cerritos by Christmas this year or at the very latest the New Year.
We begin little by little and we progress through right relationships, communication and commitment.
This is our task and our joy.
Sarita for the team at LaCasaCorazon