#GivingTuesday is a worldwide celebration of kindness and generosity. Every year we are blown away by the impact the “spirit of the season” can have on young lives in Peru.
The Power of Love
Niños del Sol is an innovative children’s home in Peru’s Sacred Valley . Our program was started by just one woman, who took in orphaned and abandoned children and created a loving family for them, with financial support from her friends.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
Our founder passed away in 2010, orphaning the Niños a second time. We’re continuing her work, raising the children together as a loving family with support from a small community of donors — our Global Family.
The Niños are growing up in a loving home, where they play music, do yoga, meditate, hike in nature, and grow and cook organic foods.
It’s working. The kids, who are now teenagers and young adults, are excelling in school, attending university and institute, and beginning their careers. Some of them are heading out into the world to do their own volunteer work, to pay forward what they’ve been given.
More importantly, they’ve learned to love and to succeed, and they’re breaking the cycles of poverty in their families for all future generations.
Why should you support this program?
Niños del Sol receives no government funding or corporate grants. The vast majority of our funding comes in monthly pledges from individuals who give just $25 or $50 a month.
Of course, COVID has impacted our donor base this year. That’s why we need you to continue doing this incredible work.
Why support such a small program?
Because we’re working with a small group of kids, we’re able to make a deep and lasting impact on their lives — to support them into adulthood, and give them everything that a family offers.
We believe in the power of small communities (like our Global Family of monthly supporters) to create profound, deep change in children’s lives, working one child at a time.
The Starfish Story
Original Story by Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
Then, smiling at the man, he said…..“I made a difference for that one.”