Angel (pronounced An-hel) is one of the younger boys who lives at Generación in San Bartolo. If you wish to read more about Generación, follow this link. http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/generacion.html
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This is Emerson. Emerson helps with the daily care of the Generación surf tribe in San Bartolo. Emerson is probably in his early thirties, and for part for his childhood he lived, on the streets of Lima. I know very little about the history of Emerson, but it’s clear that he has a huge heart for the surf tribe. If you want to read more about the surf tribe or more about Lucy Borja, check out this link: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/generacion.html
Dogs have been a big part of my life. When I was a kid, and we didn’t have a dog, I can remember having vivid dreams of owning 4 dogs and then waking up only to realize with severe disappointment that we didn’t have any. I believe I hounded my parents for years until they finally broke down and started the dog search. After we finally got our family dog, our lives changed for the better. Dogs add so much to your life: they offer you companionship, they pre-clean the dishes when the dishwasher is open, scare off unwanted door to door salesmen (too bad they can’t answer the phone), they give you exercise by making sure you walk them, and so much more.
Since I’ve been here in Peru, both Homes I have been to have dogs as pets. The kids and the dogs get along great, and as a young kid, what else could you want? I mean, when you can’t finish your meal, you have your best friend right there to help you out. When you’re bored, and you have no one to play catch with or kick the ball around, you have the best ball chaser in the world just waiting for you to send the ball flying. And if you’re feeling down, dogs are great listeners. Just the act of petting a dog is therapeutic . I mean, why wouldn’t you want a dog. They’re great, and they will love you for who you are, no questions asked. Here at the Homes I’ve visited, I believe in their own ways, the dogs are helping the kids work through their pasts. Sara (pictured above), five, is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met and lives with the kids at Generaciòn.
Since we have arrived in San Bartolo, we have been staying at Lucy Borja’s house and hanging out with the kids at Generaciòn. Generaciòn was started by Lucy to help street kids recover from their pasts. You can read more information about the kids at Generación by clicking on the link here: http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/generacion.html Pictured above, we have Brad Labriola getting into a playful slap fight with two of the young girls, Nichole on the left and Stefanie and the right. I’m not sure how it started, but I know there was a bit of spilled milk involved, maybe a tongue was stuck out, and I know for sure there was definitely giggling going on.
I’ll just say this. When you’re in South America, every town has a cross on or near the highest point in the town. And I’ve found myself making panoramic photographs at sunset with the cross in the foreground. I think it’s become my new passion. This one is at one of the highest points in San Bartolo over looking the Pacific ocean at sunset. San Bartolo is a beautful place where there are perfect waves everyday for surfing. And this photo only reinforces its beauty. If you want to see a larger detailed version of the photo, click here. You’ll get a chance to see what you’re missing by clicking through. So, come down and visit us during the peak of summer.
Oops I’m on a date? No, I wasn’t on a date. Sandy (pictured above at the look out over San Bartolo, which is behind her) and I watched the sunset from one of the lookout points in San Bartolo, took a walk by the Pacific Ocean, and eventually bought some ice cream. I got chocolate and she got picante, which means hot (but it was actually cherry). All this might sound like a date, but it really wasn’t. Let me tell you what really happened and how it started. I was hanging out with everyone watching people skate at the local skatepark when I spotted some beautiful clouds starting to gather in the sunset. Then on my way to go shoot the sunset, I ran in to Sandy, and I asked her if she wanted to come with me to shoot pictures. So, we went up the hill together and photographed the sunset and then continued towards the ocean to get some different angles and perspectives of the sunset. It was pretty awesome. We had some basic chats, nothing extensive due to me only knowing a little spanish and her only speaking spanish. Then, once the sun had dipped below the horizon, we started to head back to the house. But first we stopped for some ice cream and soda. And after that, we joined everyone back at the house to watch the movie WALL:E. The perfect ending to the perfect evening.
I wish I could give you more info about Sandy, but I know very little. I know she is from Cusco (where Manchu Picchu is located). She lives here at a private home in the beach town San Bartolo, Peru just a half hour drive southwest of Lima. When Brad and I first arrived on Sunday, Sandy was the one of the first kids to make me feel at home with her warm personality by picking on me and chatting with me. Sandy is one of about 10-12 kids who live in the private home here in San Bartolo run by Lucy Borja. Lucy originally had two homes: one in Lima and one in San Bartolo. However, due to reasons I cannot understand and know little about, both homes have been closed. And about 200-250 kids have been sent back to live on the streets. Currently, Lucy is fighting in court to be able to reopen her homes and get the kids back into a safe environment. It’s really hard to understand why all these kids had to go back out in to the streets after Lucy has worked so hard over the past ten years to create a safe home for them. I suppose Sandy is a fortunate girl, being that she still lives in the private home (which I believe was opened after the home in San Bartolo was recently closed) here in San Bartolo. If you wish to read more information about the kids here in San Bartolo, please click on Lucy’s name to the right: Lucy Borja