La Casa Hogar Fund
Written by Amy on behalf of Philip and Vilma
Back in 2009 on behalf of a charity in London, Philip went to Lima, Peru, to help build a soup kitchen but the plan changed. He was sent to a remote village in the Apurimac region, 16 hours away and 3.5 km above sea-level. It was there that he met Vilma Ceron Salazar, who was in charge of the Casa Hogar project. La Casa Hogar means the House Home in Spanish. Her goal was to establish a refuge so the children in remote regions could get an education. They need somewhere to sleep because they live too far from the school to travel everyday. It was a profound experience for Philip to be isolated high in the Andes; so much so that he collected and published his experiences in a book, A Peruvian Diary.
As of recently, the new local council have ejected Vilma from the project because a mining company can pay rent, whereas the children cannot. This contravenes and undermines the purpose of La Casa Hogar entirely. Vilma has been working on this project for the last 13 years to bring La Casa Hogar up to standard but unfortunately her time allowed on the local council has come to an end for the moment.
Sadly, the new council have chosen money over morality
which is not in the best interest of the community.
We are working to rectify the situation and bring La Casa Hogar back to the children. In the meantime, we need funds to support a young woman with three young children, one is disabled. They have been made homeless by unscrupulous members of the local council.
The exchange rate in Peru is favourable. Anything will help, US $5.00 or £5.00 will go a long way. Your funds go directly to helping Vilma and her community. No money is wasted on administration.
$885+ Donated as of :
Thank you! Your funds go directly to helping Vilma help her community. *No money is wasted on Administration. Check back for updates on how the funds are used. We believe in transparency.
Graciela, Vilma and Philip sit with her fellow sisters of the Dominicana De Presentacion. Vilma was a nun from ages 16 to 33.
Philip and Vilma overlooking one of the many thermal baths in Peru.
Vilma in one of her town's steep streets.
Tania and Lola. Partial funds will go to support Tania's rent and education.
Tania scales a cave's walls.
One side of Casa Hogar, built originally by Philip and crew in 2009 for the children in the community.
Casa Hogar taken from above.
In Graciela's dining room in Lima - Vilma and Philip review a letter to Cecila, a lawyer in Spain, over the predicament of La Casa Hogar.
Tania helps make cocoa for the children in her community, with Lola held in her other arm.
The Salazar family hold a communal "Chocolatina" where cocoa, sweets, and gifts are given to the local children during the holidays.
Vilma and Juana serve the children hot cocoa, paneton (sweet festive bread), and gifts.
Children dance during the Chocolatina. Originally held at La Casa Hogar, Vilma was forced to hold it elsewhere.
Overlooking Vilma's town high in the Andes.
Another steep street in Vilma's town.
Philip and Vilma talk with Susana who faces eviction to make room for the miners. La Casa Hogar was originally built for the children to ease their access to education.
Classroom in Vilma's community.
La Casa Hogar in Dec 2022
Sunset over Vilma's Community high in the Andes.
Tania, Juana and Philip on the Salazar Farm.
A tree grows out of Juana's hat.
Tania and Pablo overlooking Vilma's town.
Philip in the Andes
Tania, Lola, and Philip explore the mountains.
Juana and Vilma's family takes care of Millie and Tania, two neglected children who were welcomed into their family and cared for ever since.
Millie, Juana and Philip talk in Vilma's community.
I first met Philip flying over the Amazon in 2018, he sat next to me on the airplane and we quickly got acquainted over our reasons for being in Peru.
Graciela and Philip, lunch in 2018. I was invited to lunch and because I had a couple hours layover, our conversation continued.