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DEHANE IN YUNGAI

PERU | Friday, 18 July 2008 | Views [1420]

The Lagoona next to Pisco Mountain.

The Lagoona next to Pisco Mountain.

During our time at the refuge, Jerome and I met a man named Carlos, plus a few of his friends. He kindly gave us some food before we finished our last hike, and invited us to stay at his house in Yungay for the night. We greatiously accepted. 
 
Carlos´s whole family showed up at his pebble covered home, and told us how happy they were to have us visit... we told them how greatful we were for them to have us. They gave us a comfortable room with two comfortable beds, which was such a relief on our hips after sleeping on the hard ground while camping.
 
During the night i met with a young woman named Dehane Medine Mejia, who was volunteering for public schools for two years, and is now an english teacher at a private kindergarten called Nuestra Señara De La Paz. Every Christmas they bring clothes to poor people, and with her cousins she soon wants to open an organisation that helps poor people with nutrition and medical assistance, especially children.
 
The poor people in the area have no possibillity of going to a medical centre, to have an examination, or to have a healthy life. Dehane goes around giving lunch and clothes to poor people in the area every week, and is trying to get many ideas for helping into a reality.
 
It is hard for Dehane to open up this organisation, and she would love some assistance either with advice or donations. She doesn´t want a salary, she just wants to help by volunteering and giving a good future for the people in Yungay.
 
If you would like to help Dehane in any way, please contact her at [email protected]   
 
In the morning we sat with the whole family and were fed fish, bread, and a local creamy drink that I just couldn´t get enough of. We also finally got a shower after about 5 days, and then left to Huaraz, where Jerome stayed with another couchsurfer named victor, and I left for the Seeds of Hope volunteer house.

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