“Coo Coo, Andy - We're waiting for you. "av Saphy 661" two and a half blocks from the Plaza de Armas - come before 9:AM and you'll get to go out with us to meet Cusco's poorest . Bruce Peru Cusco
Have been enjoying the churning, fast turning of your brain - effortlessly producing well turned poetic improvisation. You're no hobo. You're not even a traveler. You're a poet.” 4/24/2005 08:16:51 PM
(Note: Darrien says he is 68, American and a ex-minister. I am not sure this sounds right.)
Bruce of someone posted a couple of day back also, and I trying discover what the story is? This one more or less challenges me to check out the circumstances, I rather ignore that stuff, however as always I am curious. Read comment below this for more information. http://www.hobotraveler.com/2005/04/campo-peru.html
Well, the one told me “We’re waiting for you Av Saphy 661” so I strolled down to stop the brain from thinking about this all day. It was posted on the 24th and day is the 25th, no real clarification on what day, however I decided, this is close to me, there is another Hostal down that way I wished to inspect, so why not?
Walked on down, arrived a little early and found the headquarters for Cusco in the back of a place or Hostal called “Hostal Familiar.” A very nice and clean place, cheap enough too, however it does not have a kitchen. It does have hasp on the doors so I could live here safely.
Well, back to the subject.
Hostal Familiar there is a small sign very high with BrucePeru.com on it
Ok, so I walk in and everyone was pleasant, organized, and Monday morning, I meandered around and Darrien the manager discussed place with me and I read some small mission statement.
I am not sure who was waiting for me, however there does not seem to be anybody waiting for me; I hung around awhile just in case. I do know that Expats rather learn to be late like the Latinos however no show.
Interesting place, I am not sure about the lice and such as, he mentioned, however for sure it is a volunteer organization. The goal as best I can gleam off is to find the children that are not in school and help them get back to school, the do help to pay for the uniforms that is quite a big expense for poor family.
I am cynical and not to happy with most Volunteer Organizations, as seeing they are in the wrong places.
He said, or the post said, “found us up to our elboes dealing with the lice and smelly bodies of abandoned children”
I think he had some disgruntled post on the maybe my website or other forums that were not happy with the Volunteer organization. I am not sure, and have no clue, who said what or why, so really do not know. However for sure I do have a location where a person could post comments.
I did not see the Lice, however I turned down the offer to go to the Schools as I am in Cusco and what by Schools every minute of every day, in fact there is one across the street from my Hostal. I am sure the cost of uniforms is high for the people, so that is a benefit.
Not sure 295 Dollars to pay to Volunteer here I am told, I think for a month.
MY OPINION ONLY 80 percent of Volunteers want the mark on their CV or Resume to show they are nice people. MY OPINION ONLY
Which even the bible says something about false preachers doing things for the wrong reasons however doing good, is a good thing, so anything to get these people doing work.
Orphans are the trendy volunteer organization, this one does not seem to target orphans, and it is filling in a gap that is a problem. Money for Uniforms.
I personally think they need to set up out in the hills way away from the tourist locations, for sure the volunteers not have the fun they do in Cusco, or Trujillo, they are the tourist spots. They are not the really poor locations of Peru, far from it. They seem to be on the up and up, hard to say though without a lot of research.
Once in awhile I try to think of a way to help these people, the biggest way I can think of it to push the government of Peru to stop this, they have the power, the money, and the brains to get this down, they just put the money in their own pockets. The act of saving people in some ways enables the government to not do their job.
The only people for absolute sure in Peru that I have seen with problem was along the river between Coca Ecuador and Iquitos Peru, lice, brittle hair, and probably malnourished. Their diet was not proper because of being in the river floodplain.
The old not the orphans are whom I worry about, orphans are good at scrounging around, and however easy to collect a buck for children and old people are sadder. The world needs a retirement plan or social security plan.
I do not know how to help a group, maybe one at a time, however hard to do, as there are many bums on the planet. I normally only do extreme or more than normal for the nuts, there are certifiable nuts walking around. Not fun to get near, however they need help the most, I normally just give street kids food, they do not like that, but that is all I will give.
People with missing body parts, legs, eyes, etc. are more than the orphans also; they cannot and probably will never be able to do more than beg.
Well Bruce or whoever posted, you was not there, so where are you? Not a good way to get on my good side.
I say 60/40 on Bruce, it does give you the CV and Resume thing and the kids do need money for uniforms, they need to be careful I can show up. It is amazing how many people believe I lie and make all this up, hard to be that jaded, plus how would I get all these photos?
This is the value of a forum to sort out the problems, however most sites only show the good and delete the bad, that is not balanced. Me and Boy Genious from India are working on filters, tracking, IP systems to remove the problem children that post. Hopefully some of you will post some comments and help. NOTE: Being anonymous does not encourage me to believe you.