Giving Children in Peru a Chance to Learn

Giving Children in Peru a Chance to Learn

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I had a magical trip to the Sacred Valley of Peru earlier this year. Although Machu Picchu was amazing, and the food in Peru was spectacular (you know how I love food), the highlight of this very special trip was meeting GO Campaign’s Local Hero Jessica Florez Huamanttica, a Quechuan schoolteacher turned principal at a primary school in a village high in the Peruvian Andes. She dedicates her life to ensuring that these indigenous children have access to education. Before my trip, I had no idea that indigenous children were discriminated against and denied the educational opportunities that every child so richly deserves.  While Jessica is dedicated to the group of students at her school, that is not enough for her. She wants every child to have an education and flourish in life.  So Jessica also took me to another village – this time to a high school where students work diligently to prepare for national exams, with the dream of going on to university one day. In fact, just last year, there were 3 students from this region, all under Jessica’s tutelage, who were the first in their entire community to ever go on to college.  Jessica is truly working wonders. After that day, I vowed to help Jessica in her quest to improve the lives and the futures of these children who touched me so deeply. One child in particular, whom you see in the photo above is Diana. Diana warmly welcomed me with open arms and a big heart. I want to make sure that she, and all children like her, have the books and materials and the tools needed to succeed. Funds raised here will enable Jessica to:

  • buy computers and textbooks for both schools
  • repair the school greenhouses so they can continue to grow fruits and vegetables and provide students with nutritious meals and agricultural skills
  • make necessary school infrastructure improvements so students have a safe space to learn

I hope you will support my fundraising campaign for Jessica and the students at these two schools.  With the holidays upon us, and a bright new year ahead, it’s a time to reflect on our blessings and a time of giving.  I was blessed to meet Jessica and Diana and these wonderful children, and it would mean the world to me if you would help me reach my goal and help me change the lives of these beautiful kids. With gratitude, Elliot   Below is a poem that I wrote about this inspiring experience: Diana Touched by the hand of an 8 year old girl, Softly and angelically, Cherub cheeks from the awakening chill of the Andean Mountains, White tassels Butterflied-pink shirt with her pink Adidas jacket with 3 white strips across her arms, Eyebrows lifted high on her forehead, Eyes piercing softly with every sight, Next thing I know, the music sings, And her touch invites me to dance, Celebrating the blessings that GO so far, From the classroom to the greenhouse after 2 years time, The students seed and cultivate a garden, growing glow From cilantro, swiss chard, beets, carrots, peppers, and bursting flowering squashes.   My guide and my heart opener, do we share the joy of mother earth with each other, A poignant pause lightens my peace, For her name, I pray, in gratitude I say, Diana…