Colibri, where our kids have been volunteering for the past few months. Colibri is a safe place for kids to do their homework and relax after they’ve been at school and work during the day. Most of the kids are street vendors – boys who shine shoes, girls who sell chicle (chewing gum) or woven finger puppets – who need to work to help support what are typically single-parent households. Our kids help them with math and English homework, play board games and head to the playground to play soccer with them.
On the way back to Cusco, we stopped at the bakery to buy the boys some chutas, large sweet bread loaves that are famous locally. While driving back, Señor Alcides told me about balancing Colibri, the orphanage, his police work counseling battered women and his wife and four kids. As he was talking, I was asking myself, “Do I believe him? Is he really a saint or is he a really good fundraiser?” He talked of the challenges of raising money for both projects, of the Dutchman who raised and sent $1,500 from Holland only to have it get “lost” somewhere in the police department. I decided that I believed him, not because of what he said but because of what he drove. I figured that anyone who needs a 4x4 truck as much as he does…and drives a beat-up Volkswagen from the 60’s...must be an honest man.
You can find Señor Alcides and Colibri every afternoon at Calle Resbalosa 410-A in Cusco. Stop by and ask him if he needs some help.
This post is part of See Simi's travel blog carnival "Feel Good" Travel.