Hope for Peru is a healthcare charity, a 501c3 organization in the USA,
founded in 2004.
Our mission is to improve healthcare by providing
treatment and care as well as preventative programs for
children, families and communities
Our story started back in 1990 during the
adoption of our two boys from Peru. Ever
since our adoption, I have returned to Peru to help the children in any
way I could. It took several years
to build confidence with the people but they learned that I was committed
to do what I had promised.
My journey began in 1995 when we became
affiliated with Center Thomas Helm in Callao.
At the time the Center was just a shack, with a hole in the roof
for lighting, but with lots of love to hand out.
Our aim was to provide medical support, nutrition, education and
recreation to children who lived in an area riddled with drug dealers,
addicts, alcoholics, crime and prostitution. We wanted to protect the
children. Chalaca is one of the poorest barrios in Callao and for the most
part, people are fearful of going there. It
is not a good environment to raise children with the hope of gaining a
The goal of the Center was to offer the
kids a clean, safe, and healthy environment during part of the day and to
have them exposed to good, caring and loving people.
We started with 40 kids, ages from 4-14, both boys and girls.
We had them from 8 am until noon.
Although nutrition was extremely poor, the children were remarkably
Now we are starting our 20th
year, and we have about 130 children. One
group comes from 8am-12pm and the second from 2-6pm.
Over the last years our shack became a 2 story building through
donations from Engineers Without Borders in Spain 5 years ago, we now have
We have expanded our kitchen to include a
new stove and refrigerator as well as utensils of all kinds. There are
areas for the children to build their skills such as, a computer room, an
arts and crafts area, a bakery, and a library.
We also have a professional sewing
area where mothers and members of the community are learning to sew so
that in the future they can begin a micro business and learn to support
Over the years, I have expanded my
activities by not only taking care of the children and families but now I
have adult clinic days for the community. It
instills a feeling of good hope for
everyone but mostly it provides care that they otherwise couldnít afford.
My clinics change with each visit
based on what needs to be done but usually I see patients every morning
for a few hrs or see them 3x a week for 4 hrs each day.
My routine medical activities
involve performing medical exams on new kids, keeping records of height
and weight, collecting information about home life, nutrition, hygiene,
whether the child is attending school and trying to detect the signs of
child abuse. I see lots of skin
problems , respiratory and allergic problems, injuries of all types,
dental problems, and eye issues that have been undetected and uncorrected.
Many social issues become medical
issues as well such as, rape, child abuse and incest.
Tuberculosis and hepatitis are common. Gastrointestinal issues are
due to dirty, contaminated water, parasite infested food, contact with
human an animal feces and lack of hygiene.
I have had numerous visits to homes in
and around the Center. Many are
beyond description. Often the
little children are too sick to come to the Center.
Common childhood diseases such as
mumps, chicken pox and colds frequently lead to complications.
Over the years parents are becoming more conscientious in taking
their children for vaccinations but there are still many who donít.
I have been going to Peru two times a
year for a total of 4 months a year.
My bags are always stuffed to the hilt with everything and anything
that is donated and needed.
Over time though I find it easier to buy things in Peru so I donít have to
deal with Peruvian customs which presents many problems.
We have made a lot of progress in 16
years and poco a poco we can see real improvements in nutrition, hygiene
and health. On Kenís recent
visit , he was most impressed by the obvious improvements in dental
problems due to such simple things as fluoride treatment and tooth
I would gratefully accept your ideas,
donations, money and help for the children of Peru.