I have been looking for the perfect service opportunity for GreenSmoothieGirl.com to reach out to the other half, the truly malnourished. I’ve been learning about a variety of service opportunities around the world.
Check out the new page on GSG, including a photo of the orphanage we’re going to work at in December and some of the kids we’ll meet: http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/humanitarian/
My friend Van has spent his career, including two advanced degrees, in fulltime humanitarian work. I love his foundation that serves street children in Latin America by organizing and funding orphanage homes and drop-in centers. The children are not only fed and sheltered, but they are given responsibilities tied to their school attendance, and other physical and emotional needs are addressed using mostly volunteer professionals, including access to adoptive homes.
GreenSmoothieGirl.com will be sponsoring children from the proceeds of recipe collection sales. I ask those of you interested in nutrition and helping others if you would do the same: sponsor one child for $37/month. GSG readers, all by themselves, can save a drop-in center whose funding has recently disappeared. Please join me, learning about Generations Humanitarian and how it serves street children:
Additionally, let’s take the GreenSmoothieGirl mission to Peru together!
I will be leading a humanitarian excursion to Peru Dec. 23 – Jan. 3, 2009, to the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will teach and work at the famous Sunflower Orphanage, the subject of the New York Times bestselling novel by Richard Paul Evans called The Sunflower. We’ll visit the nearby town of Urubamba to shop in the market for fresh produce. You can bring Christmas presents for children at the orphanage and we’ll spend Christmas and New Year’s with them. Or you can come right after Christmas if you prefer. (I’ll be bringing a certain turbo blender as a Christmas gift from us, of course, and teaching what to do with it!)
We are going to have a blast, and even more importantly, this trip will change your life forever. We’ll visit Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. We’ll tour the city of Cusco, the oldest inhabited city in the western hemisphere. We’ll see the sites of Q’enqo, the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and the sacred bathing waters of Tambomachay. The locals believe if you drink from these fountains of youth three times, you’ll live forever!
We’ll visit the sacred ruins of Ollantaytambo, where pre-Incan peoples carved the face of their white bearded God into the mountain. We will shop at the market in Pisac, one of the most famous markets in South America, known for artesans’ work and weavings and silver jewelry.
We’ll visit the floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and also the largest lake in South America, with beautiful air and blue water. We’ll stay in quaint bed & breakfast hotels.
The $1775 trip is tax deductible (the least expensive humanitarian excursion of the organizations I researched), and you get $75 off, if you register by Oct. 1. I’m taking my daughter with us, a life-changing service opportunity for her and a bonding experience for the both of us. Please consider bring your teenaged or young adult child as well!
Please feel free to call and ask questions of Generations Humanitarian’s founder, my friend Van: 801-859-1033.
Here’s the link to register for the trip–I can take only 30 with me, and registration will close in October or until it fills, so please check it out:
Many thanks for opening up your heart to street children like Gabriel either as a monthly sponsorship, or to come meet the orphans in person in December with me, or both!