Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Sep 25, 2012

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Today is my second day in Arequipa, where the Children's Orphanage is. What a lesson in life these children can give you. It is truly something that everyone should experience, because it will remove every selfish bone in your body.

You saw photos on yesterday's entry of little ones. The smallest one, with the cut on her nose, is Dulce Maria. She is 3 and runs the house. Never fusses, always smiles, and runs 30 miles an hour, with nothing but love. But has been very abused in her little days. The cut? She fell and had to get 6 stitches in her nose. Ouch! But it hasn't slowed her down. And Dulce means "sweet", like "candy". Ironically, her smile is messed up because her teeth are rotted out because of too much candy and too many sweets. Good name for her.

The other little one is Diana (prounounced Dee-ahna). So quiet and sweet. Again, was beaten badly by her parents, and taken away at age 2. Just clings to you and says thank you for anything you do. Including just coming to visit.

There are so many of the older girls who were put on the streets by their parents as young as age 5, and are so severely damaged physically and emotionally. It is just tragic. They need so much. But they need love and guidance, and they need this home. Without money, this home will have to close on December 31. I don't know where he is going to get it, but sponsors are desperately needed. Can you imagine putting a child out as a prostitute at age 5? The girls tell me their stories and I can't help but hold it back so hard. Devastating.

Tomorrow, they have planned a dance presentation for me. I am like some kind of celebrity here, because I have helped with the choir group, and I have provided some other things for the house. I took them all out to dinner tonight at "Bembo's", their idea of Burger King. You would think that I took them out for steaks. A couple of them had never had a hamburger before. The simplicities of life.

I'm back at my hotel. What a nice, relaxing place. More Spanish TV tonight. I'm learning more Castillian. The Spanish here is a great deal different than the Mexican Spanish. We all understand each other, but lots of words are different. So, I'm becoming "tri-lingual". Plus, there is the Ebonics that I learned on the East side of San Diego. That should count too.

Tomorrow, I think I will venture out on my own and go shopping. I haven't gone out on my own at all yet. I guess I should try that. If anyone wants to Face Time, I'm usually back in my room after 8:00 or 8:30 Central time.

Until tomorrow,

Adios (Mexico) Caio (Peru)
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