I’m really excited to share that we have new laptops for some of our kids!
They’ve been trying to attend remote school with laptops that are 12 to 15 years old. We’ve been engaged in a constant cycle of frustrating malfunctions and expensive repairs.
Brand new laptops might seem like an indulgence, but these are kids who are at the top of their class, and who dream of becoming doctors, veterinarians, filmmakers, and chemical engineers. We already have multiple college graduates among our alumni, as well as young adults out traveling the world. With the right tools, they are on track to break cycles of poverty in their families for all future generations!
To many people, these may seem like pipe dreams. I have been told that our program is unrealistic, and aims too high. I have been told that our kids should be happy with hand-me-down clothes, broken junk computers, and high school educations.
Luckily, our directors don’t buy into that nonsense and neither do you! And, thanks to your generosity, neither do our kids.
Our donors consistently come through to provide the tools and experiences these kids need to succeed in the world, and this campaign was no different. In fact, we raised a little more than we were asking for — which is a good thing since the price of the computers was higher than we expected.
Our executive director, Viviana, in her infinite wisdom, chose a sturdy Hewlett Packard model with a good warranty. We purchased three of the computers, and three of our college bound students are testing them for us. If they turn out to be what we want, we will go back and buy two more.
I will keep you posted! Meanwhile, thank you so much for your rich vision and your ability to see that children need more than the bare minimum to break the cycle of poverty in their families.
Outings and adventures are so important for teenagers and young adults.
These experiences our kids the opportunity to learn about the world and build their self-confidence. They’re also bonding as a family and creating a reservoir of positive feelings that can carry them through the inevitable challenges of getting along together in a group living situation.
Jim Cronk is a remarkable man with a long history of connection with Peru and with Ninos del Sol. He’s recently named us as heirs in his will, along with other nonprofits he’s encountered in Peru. It’s so touching and meaningful to be thought of in this way, and we couldn’t be more honored.
I wanted to share some details with you about this exceptional man and his heartwarming gift.
Learning in front of computers has not been working well for many kids around the world — including ours. Although the college kids have kept up with their studies, the younger kids need more stimulation and experiential learning.
We hope you’re all safe and well. For the first time in years, we have nearly all the Niños together. The older youths — who usually enjoy semi-independent living in our Cusco apartment while they attend universities and institutes — are staying with their younger siblings in the Casa in Urubamba.
Before the Coronavirus locked Peru down, the kids had just returned from visiting their extended families on their Summer break. Traditionally, we welcome them back with a trip as a group, so they can return to school refreshed and feeling connected.
This year, after hosting her yoga tour to the Sacred Valley, our dear friend Kristen Stuart returned to spend time with the Niños. She’s shared a wealth of photos so you can see how our Niños are growing into fine young people.
This year, we’re inviting you to send your holiday greetings to the kids (and/or staff) in Peru. We’ll share your messages directly with Viviana, Avishai, and the Niños to fill the casa with love and joy from our Global Family.
In addition, your Giving Tuesday donations will be matched up to $1,750, thanks to a pledge from two of our generous donors!
Your contribution is also part of a beautiful holiday of selfless giving, designed to balance the energy of Black Friday. Namasté.
All our children are thriving, growing, changing. The home in Urubamba with our teenagers is very peaceful and centered; I attribute this to the excellent work performed by Kellye, a young woman showing always love and respect to the children.
When I was living in Peru 14 years ago, I got to visit my dear friend Mama Kia, and her home that she created for the 25+ street children she adopted. I helped to work in the garden and received so much inspiration from witnessing her live in pure devotion, love and service.