I am raising the necessary funds to spend 2 weeks volunteering in Lima, Peru during November 2013. I am volunteering with a group by the name of Cross-Cultural Solutions www.crossculturalsolutions.org. The cost of the trip, not including airfare, is $3,068.
In the 1980s, the political terrorism of the Sendero Luminoso, or "Shining Path" which originated in the Andes, caused significant numbers of rural residents to seek refuge in Peru's more urban areas. Although the movement saw its end in 1993, millions of Peruvians continue to live in urban shantytowns just outside of Lima's limits.
This influx of migrants over the last several decades has resulted in a serious strain on social resources leaving individuals with disabilities, children, and the elderly especially vulnerable. But their national pride and ambition is relentless, and as a volunteer in Peru, I'll witness this energy firsthand.
While volunteering in Lima, I'll work alongside local people as they develop grassroots efforts to provide necessary services to community members in need. I will be notified 30 days prior to my volunteer trip whether I will be assisting a school teacher, caring for the elderly, aiding the disabled, or helping with children in a day care facility.
My goal is to provide the necessary support to local individuals in order to maintain these fledgling social programs. Hopefully, the presence of volunteers will dwindle over time, being replaced by the local community which will not only have the resources to sustain these programs, but further establish more support systems.
I have created an Etsy store where I am selling my handmade jewelry. The store is called BeadsForBenefit and can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadsforBenefit. I am taking orders for custom pieces as well as selling pieces which I have designed. Please contact me with any questions in regards to custom orders or available pieces at [email redacted].
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