Manchay, Peru is a slum adjoining Lima. It is populated by the homeless who claim the dusty, steep land as a place to live. There is little access to electricity, no running water and no sewer system. The 50,000 people have no public medical facilities and few schools.
The next work and travel trip to Manchay, Peru is scheduled for August 5 thru August 21, 2005. The tentative plan is to meet in Lima. (International flights from the US arrive around midnight.) We will spend time in Lima, visiting the main square and other sights, before driving to Manchay (about 45 minutes) to spend the night. Sunday we will begin with Mass with Father Jose and then jump into our work project - building a center for the handicapped.
We will stay in a small home. The volunteers will be building the brick walls, plastering, and painting rooms. When completed, the program will provide meals and education. Under the direction of a foreman we will pour a concrete floor and then lay the brick walls. If we make enough progress we will put on the roof, install doors, and windows and paint. We hope to have a sufficient work crew to finish the site in one week.
For those wishing to spend more time in Peru we will be spending the week following completion of the work touring. We should be gone approximately two weeks.
The work in Peru is sponsored by MAPS (a humanitarian and adoption agency), Summit County Rotary, Rotary of Lima, Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, and Caritas (a Catholic Relief Agency in Peru.). Between now and then we need to raise approximately $10,000 to build the center. Furnishings will be provided by various Rotary entities. The total cost for the airfare, work and tour is expected to be approximately $2,000 per person.
Email me if you are interested in joining us and I will attach back to you a sign up form.
Click here to see last years project, 2004, in Manchay Peru.