Travels in Peru

I was in the Peruvian capital of Lima last week. Did you know the city celebrated its 472nd anniversary a couple of weeks ago. There was still a bit of a celebration going on in down town Miraflores, as i walked across Park Kennedy, looking at the art and searching for my favourite Peruvian artist Nestor Lopez. Nestor wasn't in sight and i guess Martha was glad because I think another Peruvian classic painting hanging in the lounge would just about "do her heed in" Anyway I was there showing a few folk around the projects we have been supporting as the chair of the Vine Trust. Our partners Union Biblica are delivering an amazing programme working with street boys and also delivering a free health service to over 100,000 people in the Amazon basin. Late one night I walked the streets of down town Lima and saw young girls prostituting themselves, children who were high on glue and drugs. dsc00359.jpg The staff of Union Biblica handed out bread and porridge and the kids lapped it up. These were the abandoned children of Lima. In some quarters of peruvian society they are regarded as street vermin. Often they hide in sewers during the day and come out at night to see what they can find to eat or steal. dsc00358.jpg Got me thinking. We too have abandoned children in Scotland, immotionally abandoned by parents who give them everything except love. The amazing thing is that when these children encounter love they become different people. The photographs below show the difference a year or two can make in a child's life given the proper care. These pictures were taken at Kusi near Yungay, one of the seven sites where the Vine Trust is partnering Union Biblica in rehabilitating street children dsc00328.jpg This is a magical place high in the Andes away from the dry and dusty streets of the capital. dsc00329.jpg
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Posted By: Dave Darnell 440.488.5150   On: 1 Dec 2008   At: 9:34am

more: contact at US 440 488 5150. No me hablo espanol mas buesno. I bought a house in Ohio from the Zamora family. I think they were Mormans. House came with three smaill abstract paintings signed Nestor Lopez. They are about 8 x 6 inches. Abstacts of rainy night in the city. One mortorcycle, one automobile, and one I cannot determine. The background is rust or brick color on all three. I wonder how to determine if they are authentic, whether they are from the Peruvian artist. Signature seems to be in a silver-colored, fine-point pen.

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