Category: LaCasaCorazon

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.


Playing with the kids in front of the community center!


We spend time spending time, watching and talking, listening and playing, waiting for the right moments. Being present and helping with homework and life..

Frisbee? Or marbles?

What are you doing for the next year of your life? Come see what a year can bring!
Bruno came for a day and is hooked on the kids!

Julio Luis and kids!


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

Welcome Drew!!

We are really incredibly  happy to welcome Drew Murphy to LaCasaCorazon!

I met Drew through Colby Adams, when we were living in Colorado this year. In an episode of what I can only call serendipity, Drew and Colby were in the same class at Pikes Peak College and got to talking.

Lo and behold, Drew was on his way to Peru to volunteer. In January.

We were gobsmacked. So after a lot of great conversations and a few nice parties, Drew decided to throw his hat in with us. He will be volunteering for 6 months and is staying at the volunteer house.He is going to work with Puedo Leer. our book writing project in Huanchaco.

Drew is going to be a great addition to the team. Come round and meet him!

Its going to be a great summer.

Welcome Drew!

We build beds .December 24

Miguel, Joppe and I have spent the evening of christmas eve shopping for building supplies at Sodimac. Wood, various bolts screws nails, braces, tile grout, a mirror for the bathroom, a toolbox ( complete with toooooolssss) . We borrowed the power tools from Ivan on the only day guaranteed that they won´t be in use for his work and now are planning our attack on the problem of beds.

We will build two sets of bunkbeds in the dormitory room and one platform in the room that Drew is staying in. We have had offers of help from various travellers, but its Christmas, not really expecting they will tear themselves away from the surf!!

December 25

ITs been a very strange kind of Christmas celebration.. but we have a platform all ready for the mattress!!

We built a similar one in my room and  have to admit,  love it. Lots of room underneath for storage, tall enough to practice Reiki, and with the two yoga bliss for the back. So here are photos of the platform, but stay tuned for the completed version.. foam mattress, curtained storage space.

Thanks to Joppe for all his help and for a great non-traditional Christmas celebration. You the man,sir.

Joppe stoops to conquer

recycled materials and lots of noise make up the new bed

Hey DREW!! here is your bed. well. almost a bed, mate.

After five hours revamped diagrams and saws that burn through wood rather than cut through them, we finish.

Merry Christmas!!!

Now for those two bunkbed sets .. before January 6th!!!

Thanks to Ivan and Will Drummond for loan of tools, to Miguel for Sodimac trip and cheerleading and to Queen for the musical accompaniment …Freddy can inspire anything.

We have chosen to use individual pages to communicate our main information, so help yourself and read our story by navigating the pages on top of this screen.

We have volunteer information, information about social projects and how you can donate.. we even have some good tourism info if you want some hints about where to go stay or eat or play.

We are all about Huanchaco. And we are waiting for you to come!

Playa Curve in Huanchaco