Being in Lima, the first three days

Sammie and I arrived late on Saturday May 9. The friend who usually meets our flight had confused the dates; after determining that he was not on the way we engaged a kind young taxi driver who was our children’s age. He was clearly worried that we did not know where we were going and would possibly not be safe – he seemed relieved when we arrived at Hostal El Caminante and they were actually expecting us!

Internet access has been a huge problem in our hostal which is why this is the first blog post since our arrival. With no progress in sight, today we purchased internet access which will be reliable for the rest of this month in Lima. Thank you OLO Peru!

Dismantling of the market that was bustling last year.

Dismantling of the market that was bustling last year.

Changes in Lima are always evident and this year is no different. The thriving market across the street is being dismantled stall by stall, apparently by the people who owned the businesses. The hardware stall where we bought duct tape last year is no more. Who knows what will be there next?

But the Caritas del Peru warehouse remains the same, only more jam packed than usual with emergency relief supplies for the landslides happening in this part of the world. We spent Monday afternoon and Tuesday at the warehouse sorting boxes and wheelchairs according to destination. Sammie and I last saw the equipment and supplies in January at Hope Haven in South Dakota and Iowa; it is always a relief to see them again. All but one or two items are accounted for – not bad, considering how far they have traveled.

Jorge from Equip KIDS plastic wraps wheelchairs that will ship out tomorrow

Jorge from Equip KIDS plastic wraps wheelchairs that will ship out tomorrow

Yancana Huasy gang loads equipment

Yancana Huasy gang loads equipment

Rufino gets a ride on the forklift!

Rufino gets a ride on the forklift!

Guillermo and Juan Pablo move a box containing the wheelchair for one of the Aynimundo kids.

Guillermo and Juan Pablo move a box containing the wheelchair for one of the Aynimundo kids.

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