Walter is 13 years old and lives in House 4 along with his friends, Yuri, Rolando and Hernan and house parents, Eliasib and Marina and their two boys. Walter does not know where in Peru he was born but foster parents in a very remote part of the Andes Mountains near Cruzpata (about ten miles from here) looked after him in his very early years. As a young boy, he worked as a shepherd looking after the cows and sheep and taking them to new pastures each day. When Walter was eight years old, he was brought here to Casa Del Aguila (CDA) for care and schooling. When he arrived at CDA, Walter was extremely malnourished and it was apparent that he had been severely physically abused. Walter has lived here at CDA for 6 years now.
Walter’s birthday is on Feb 19th when he will be 14 years old. Walter’s favourite sports are soccer and tennis and generally he enjoys most activities. His favourite food dish is cuy or guinea pig, a delicacy here in Peru. Walter enjoys working in the avocado fields picking avocados and helping to look after the 2000 plus avocado trees here at CDA.
We arrived back at CDA three weeks ago on Jan 4th. Christina, a volunteer from San Antonio, Texas is also back in Peru after a short break and is helping to look after the kids in House 5. On Jan 14th, we had to say good-bye to Adel who turned 18 and has gone off to Cuzco where he hopes to study music. Adel has a real passion for music and his face absolutely lights up when he talks about studying music. Adel had lived here at the orphanage for over 12 years. His 15-year-old sister, Maria continues to live here at the orphanage. More about Maria in a future post.
We have met a lot of wonderful Texans here at CDA and the more we hang out with them, the more we’re starting to talk like them. You may not know it but there is a strong connection between CDA and Texas. Interdenominational Christian Missions http://icmweb.org is the parent organization of CDA and is based in Texas. A lot of mission teams and volunteers hail from the great state of Texas.
All the very best to y’all!
Mike and Nancy