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come with me to Peru in December

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 01, 2009

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!


Much love,


Posted in: Nutrition, Parenting

4 thoughts on “come with me to Peru in December”

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  1. Hi Robyn- Your trip to Peru sounds amazing….did you know that 12,000,000 children in the US go hungry every day? We have so nutritional problems in our own back yard that you are addressing… I love your website and the contribution you are making with recommending that people eat a more raw whole diet. A year ago I began eating a product called Mila, a proprietary blend of Chia, that my son introduced to me. One 13g scoop has 3,000 mg. of Omega 3’s—This whole raw food is packed with Fiber, Phytonutrients, Minerals and antioxidants…As a senior, I have gained a better memory, better skin, improved cleansing and energy. This spring I began to take a scoop of amazing grass with my Mila. For the first time in 20 years I had no allergies. Please go to my website and order a bag of this amazing whole raw food…I can’t wait to incorporate it into some of the recipes on your site…All Blessings, Linda

  2. Anonymous says:

    Robyn–I called my sister right up after seeing this—She went to peru and worked at that same orphanage last year and she knows gabriel–she says he was one of her favorites and she of course–has wanted to go back and adopt him(she’s not married yet–you know how you just want to better thier lives?!) This is such a great opportunity–I hope all who are able will reach out of their safe and comfortable lives and serve others. Even my sister, who is a POOR college student–said she could easily sponsor a child for $37 a months–just sacrifice a few times eating out, or whatever and you’re there and it makes all the difference for that child and those without over there!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Robyn,

    I am thrilled to be joining you on this trip! I originally thought I couldn’t arrive till the 26th, but now I see that I can come on the 24th. And my neighbor was also interested, and will be going as well! An added benefit is that she speaks Spanish fluently.

    I’m sending in my application tomorrow, so I know I’ll get lots of details following that. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions about the kind of clothes to bring?

    Thanks much for bringing this opportunity to serve to our attention.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Lala–that’s so awesome! And Patti, can’t wait to meet you–thanks for reaching out and being willing to get out of your comfort zone on this trip with us! (But, we will actually be pretty darn comfy, in three-star lodgings.) I don’t know, but we’ll be well educated on what to bring before we leave. (You can call Van about that if you want, or write him at van@revelar.com.)

    I’m so excited!


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