Kim´s Story of Volunteering in Cusco with Loki this Week....
Lucre, Monday 12 July
We visited children in Lucre today. After
handing out juice and milk to patient waiting lines of thirsty children
we got down and dirty with the kids - drawing and colouring with
crayons was great fun and lots of the children wanted pictures of capobera,
not so easy to draw!
In the afternoon we played ball games, hula hoop, skipping and swinging the kids around - was
awesome- the kids really appreciated having big people around to climb
on and be swung about.
Today wasn´t just a rewarding experience but
was also the most fun I have had in a long time.
Haurcarpay Tuesday 13 July
Today we went to a small village about
45 minutes outside of Cusco. The village had been severely damaged by
the floods earlier in the year which resulted in the families moving
into tents nearby their original village. We brought juice and milk,
paper, crayons and toys for the kids and had an amazing time playing
with them. Although the majority of the playing area was inside a
construction site, the kids couldn´t be happier just running and jumping
on us and taking photos with our cameras (luckily all cameras made it out
in one piece). It was great to get out of Cusco for a day and embrace
our inner child and see outside the touristy areas. Plus running after
all the kids was a great way to build some endurance for the Inca Trail
Paurcarbumba, Thursday 15 July
We made our way from Loki hostel
to the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley - a sharpe contrast of
such a beautiful setting, versus such a tradedy. We have been helping, bringing food etc, however it was soon
realised the moto ¨bring a man a fish he´ll eat for a day, teach a man
to fish and he´ll eat for life¨ came into play. The plan to build a
school to raise guinea pigs to sell (each family will receive 1 male and
9 female) hopefully bringing in an income of 200 soles. This wishful
thinking was made all the more prominent when sitting in the back of a
truck, down a dirt track road and passing families in tents. The local
community are supportive - we get waves from the children as we pass and lunch
was cooked for us by a local lady.
With one truck, we managed to move about 450 bricks (at 16-18kilos
each!) and by the end of the day we had many grazes but also bigger muscles and we were
covered in dust but hopefully this small contribution can help develop
some of the families in their future.
Today was one of the most valuable days I´ve had in my time in South America. When I first heard we´d be loading 400+ bricks onto a truck
and unloading them, I was very daunted. but knowing we were helping
local families whose lives and homes had been destroyed in the floods
made the heavy lifting worth it. It was a great feeling when we lifted
the last brick off the truck. The beautiful scenery that we had all around us made it that bit more bearable. Overall a great way to spend