The students at Elohim Evangelical School in Arequipa, Peru, were thrilled to receive visitors from Cross – especially when Projects Officer Claudio Merisio opened his bag of candy and played games with the kids. They got a break from their studies and a little something for their sweet tooth!
As I clicked away with my point-and-shoot camera, some of the students competed for my attention, while others just stared blankly at the lens. Smiles are gold in this dusty urban slum, where the home life of
many students is so dreary and impoverished, they don’t want to leave school! And how could I blame them? Here, they’ve got friends, activities, nutritious meals, and even a full-size basketball court.
It was striking to look up and see snowcapped mountains hovering like a dream over the barren terrain and crude, lava-rock houses of the slums. This is what the children come home to each day – dry, rocky land their parents were only able to claim because nobody else wanted it. Many of the Elohim students would not be going to school at all, if not for the free breakfasts and lunches our Cross donors provide.