Two weeks ago I had the exciting opportunity to travel to Chulucanas, Peru to visit Victor's Vision - a non-profit started by Villanova alum and friend of Starfish co-founder Beth Awalt - Emily Felsenthal. Victor's Vision is a non-profit that provides students with the resources, support and guidance necessary to pursue higher education as a means to escape poverty. They do this through after-school academic classes in the core subjects everyday with certified teachers. Students start Victor's Vision in 2nd grade and continue through college - a goal that was only a dream for most students before they entered Victor's Vision. In the province where Victor's Vision works, only 37% of finish primary school, and a mere 4% complete university. All Victor's Visions students are on a path to making university a dream come true!
The four main programs at Victor's Vision are academic classes, field trips, nutrition and parent workshops. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we aspire to accomplish much of what they have accomplished!
While in Chulucanas, I also had the opportunity to visit a shelter for children and teens who were either abandoned by their families or in a dangerous home situation. The shelter is doing a lot of great work with very limited resources and personel. Below are some pictures from the shelter.
Check out Victor's Vision website and like them on Facebook to learn more about this great initiative in the neighboring country of Peru! Also check out Hogar del Niño Alto Piurano on Facebook! Thank you to both organizations for being such wonderful hosts and teaching us about Peru and your work!
Lunch time at the shelter.
Sally, 4 years old, a new arrival at the shelter.
For 4 days straight that beautiful and contagious smile never left her face!
Hermana Maria Luisa, director of Hogar del Niño Alto Piurano with Starfish Co-Founder Jenn, and Starfish Volunteer, Angelo.