Category: Editorial

We have talked about the long term goal of getting water to Cerrito.  Its a big project and its going to take some time, money and an organisation that specialises in delivering fresh water to third world communities.

We are already looking for the solutions, but we have been talking every day after the team comes home from homework helping and playing and thinking about the community we are growing to love more each day.. How do we help NOW?

We are so grateful to Bruno and his family for providing a water truck to the pueblito today.  10,000 liters of water was distributed to all the houses. Its not a fix and its not enough to change their living conditions permanently, but its so much more than just a gesture.

We want the community to know that we are serious about helping. That we care about their day to day lives. That we will walk with them each step and help where we can.

here are some images from today. It was  a great day.

WAter truck!!

The truck came up the road and man it was big!

filling containers for washing clothes, drinking, cooking..

plenty for all .. as it should be always.

job done. for now.

We want to make sure that every family can wash their clothes, bathe their children, cook their food with safe, plentiful, clean water.

If you would like to help us make this vision real and soon, please come with your hearts, connections, ideas, donations.


Sarita, Bruno, Charlotte, Connie, Katie, Julio and the rest of the team at LaCasaCorazon


We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have people who believe in us.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people:

Miguel Fernandez Torres and family,Living  room furniture, Internet access, TLC and more for Sarita, monthly financial donations.

Joppe Versweyveld, carpenter skills, financial donation, kitchen gear

Sam Owen, moral support, team feedback, tutoring the odd confused volunteer, being our language coach, travel guide.

Drew Murphy, financial donation

Matt Mangum, Sarita’s laptop, financial donation

Katie Kessler, kitchen supplies, financial donation

Dale Baker, financial donation and keeping Sarita’s heart healthy

Bruno Ojeda Loayza, cooking for our fundraiser and the crew regularly and donating time to Cerrito teaching

Nicholas Dopwell, another fine cook! donation of food to our fundraiser

Joan Louis Aponte, Artist, donation of art class to Cerrito kids

Lucas  Torres and band, music for the LaCasaCorazon fundraiser.

Malin Green, Ellen Edman, Julia Wolt and Alexandra Maliganis ( alias the SWEDISH MEATBALLS!), decoration for fundraiser, fun in general and financial donations

There are more of you. We keep adding to the list!!

and PS:

Japan, our hearts are with you.

We begin Puedo Leer on the first week of February. Twenty children, their own twenty stories, twenty actual finished books they can hold in their hands, illustrated by their twenty amazing imaginations.

These books will be printed here and distributed in sets to each child and also published on in order to share our twenty book bi- lingual collection with children everywhere and to raise funds to do it all again.  We are very happy.

Come write books with us as a volunteer or donate towards the printing. Its beginning to look a lot like something we can wrap our hands around and smile.

Bruno is a native of Trujillo and an accomplished chef. His math class rocks!


It took me a while, but I finally get what is going on around here in primary schools. There are teachers. There are students. There are classrooms and there are books. But this does not mean kids are getting educated. It means someone is spending money so it will  look like they are.

Talking to my friends here, they tell me that if you don’t understand what is being taught they will move you forward anyway but you will not read. or write. If you want to learn to read and write and you are having trouble understanding, you need to hire a tutor. This is referred to as a service.

There is no way children can get to university and make Peru a better place, a more prosperous and caring place, a progressive place, if its children don´t understand how to read and write well. If they believe they are not smart enough, they won´t even try.

We started, some friends and I, talking about providing  tutoring services by Peruvian college students. For free. This is a step to ensure that when they want to go to university, they will be capable of it.

Having Peruvian young people as role models is a way to ensure that they believe it is possible for them.

Happy New Year.