Children from poor families barely have access to quality education in Peru. Many children interrupt their school education to help their families make a living. By providing educational support, Intiwawa empowers the children to seek different opportunities and to escape the cycle of poverty.
The Casa Intiwawa in San Isidro is like an island of happiness that often stands in a strong contrast to the world the children come from.
Climbing the Chachani volcano with an altitude of 6075 meters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not many people have been on a mountain higher than 6000 meters. If you live in Arequipa and prepare yourself a bit, you can make this dream of many mountain-lovers come true.
When living in Arequipa, you can finally buy all the things that you can’t afford at home. Your quality of life will drastically increase, as you can suddenly afford things like travelling on the weekends, eating out in restaurants, taking taxis and going to the gym.
As a generation, we have discovered that we can have everything but time. We sometimes feel as if we would need more than one lifetime to experience the different gifts life can bring us. One of these fantastic gifts is the sweet work of helping others.
Rainy season in Arequipa leaves but one option for the weekends: Beach. Within three to four hours, you can be out of the city and down at sea-level in Mollendo, Punta de Bombón, Camaná, or Mejia.
Last week we initiated a sign language course for the children of San Isidro. Within just one week, the school of sign language LARA has taught the children how to count, spell and present themselves and their family members in sign language. We were really impressed with how much enthusiasm and especially how fast the kids learned how to speak in sign language! And there are several reasons why our partnership with LARA is good for the children:
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It’s summer vacation south of the equator, which means Intiwawa transforms from an after-school program to an AM summer camp. We are currently in the second full week of programming, and are very happy to share the classes and activities our volunteers have organized for Intiwawa’s summer students :).
Getting sick while away from home is both scary and a pain in the a*s. And yet your body is likely to break down in one way or another: you are confronting new germs; potentially doing more in day than you would in your home country; potentially putting yourself in physically trying situations.