Help! 2021 Westfalia Orphanage Christmas party drive
Well it’s the end of another crazy year and we’re organizing our 12th Westfalia Orphanage Christmas Party for the 125+ children in the mountains outside of Lima, Peru. We still cannot go into the orphanage due to pandemic restrictions to protect the children and staff. The orphanage has been in full lockdown since March 2020. Peru has had the highest death rate per capita in the world with almost 2.5 million cases and over 200,000 deaths so the safety of the children and staff continues to be the the priority.
These children come from broken, abusive homes, abandonment or their families gave them up because they simply don’t have the money to take care of them. These kids don’t have cell phones, electronics games, bikes, or televisions. They don’t go to the cinema on a Saturday night or enjoy trips away with family. There are 4 or 5 children per room and there are 12-15 children per ‘house’. They live in an orphanage in the mountains of Cieneguilla, almost 2 hours outside of Lima and will be spending Christmas alone, without family. So every year we brighten up their Christmas and help them to experience a happy, loving time.
BUT, like last year, we’re going to send everything in to ensure they still manage to have a great Christmas with the traditional turkey lunch with ¨chicha morada¨, which is a traditional purple corn drink from the Peruvian Andean region made by boiling maiz morado (purple corn) and adding other ingredients such as pineapple, cinnamon, sugar and cloves. And of course the usual ¨paneton¨, Peru’s traditional Christmas dessert, sweets and candies and of course fun!
We’re also going to put together care packages with some surprises to make it more personal and fun for each child. And like we’ve continued to do throughout the pandemic, we’ll provide food and supplies for the children to ensure their needs are being met. If you would like to help make Christmas extra special for these orphans you can donate here. Thank you for helping support these kids who have had a more difficult year than normal.
You can check out the 2020 sonrsiasenperu.org Westfalia Orphanage Christmas party here. Peace!