I have mentioned, in another thread, my involvement with an orphanage here in Peru. I was kindly given permission by the Mods to start this thread which is, to be honest, a plea for help. My signature is the link to my blog about the Westfalia Orphanage but here is a link to the photo page with most of the children's individual photos. http://thechildrenofwestfaliaorphana...vidual-photos/
I am working on this project with an Australian bloke, super guy, to provide for the many needs of the children at Westfalia, but we cannot do it alone. Sadly this orphanage receives no financial support from the government and relies completely on donations to carry out day to day functions and pay the costs involved, provide school materials, clothing and most significantly in terms of cost, food. While they do grow some vegetables the yield is totally insufficient for more than 90 children. As for meat, if they are lucky, once every few weeks. They raise and breed Cuy (guinea pig) to provide some meat (a common food in the mountain areas and for some here in Lima) but they cull the numbers perhaps once every four months (the amount of time, on average, that it takes for impregnated Cuy to deliver) so as not to eliminate or severely reduce the population of Cuy that they have.
At the moment they are seriously concerned about food supplies for December, January and February as they do not have sufficient committed donations to ensure regular meals for the children. Breakfast, as it is, is usually only milk with cocoa and lunch a rather watery soup without much other content. Anyone with children knows how much it takes to feed growing kids. And there are 90 of them. We need to buy bulk quantities of everything from rice to flour (they bake their own bread) sugar, beans, chic peas, other dried vegetables for soups, cooking oil, oats, potatoes, onions, carrots, corn and fruit. This obviously takes money. I do what I can every month, but needless to say it is a drop in the bucket in terms of overall needs.
We are also trying to organize repair and paint parties to upgrade bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms etc. (some photos on the blog will show a bit about those needs). We have organized a drive to acquire donors to provide Christmas gifts. It is a very time consuming commitment and it makes me crazy and sad and happy and I love it and it will be my commitment for as long as I am able.
I relate to these children because I came from a background not all that dissimilar in many ways. I was lucky and life became better for me. I raised my children with a willingness to sacrifice all for them. I have the same commitment to the 90 plus children at Westfalia. I do what I can with time and money, and now I would ask those here who might be willing to help with a donation to purchase food to use the donation link on this webpage, http://thechildrenofwestfaliaorphana...-you-can-help/
. It goes to an account that we use to make purchases of various necessities. We had set a target of $5,000 before Christmas and so far it is very slow going, but we will take what we can get.
I thank those of you who took the time to read this. My eternal gratitude goes to those of you who participate, whatever amount you feel you can afford. I would like to know who participates so that they can be recognized and thanked on the webpage, by B.E. nickname or real name, their choice. Thank you again for taking the time.
Direct link for donations. http://westfaliaorphanage.chipin.com...alia-orphanage