Regressei a casa cedo. Para além de muito cansada, tinha agendada uma visita à Fundación OLI na manhã seguinte.
On arrival I was greeted by my brother, my sister-in-law and nephews. We were all so happy to be together!
The kids were very excited, and despite my tiredness, I was glad to play with a magic worm, an yoyo, and search for a spoon with rabbit ears which insisted on hiding before we went to bed 😊 So good!
My stay in Bogota was only a day and a half, so I was focused on being with my brother’s family. Tuesday morning I left from El Dorado airport to Lima.
I arrived at lunch time to the capital of Peru and I went straight to the lively district of Miraflores. Here is where Alex lives, my kind and generous host. In fact, he offered me his house, even though he was absent from the city.
I set up my things and I went out for the reconnaissance of the area (markets, shops, restaurants, gardens, etc.).
Some time later we went to dinner and I understood why the Peruvian food is so famous. While my most recent friend was giving me some really precious tips about Lima and Peru, we ordered a mixed ceviche, some shells to the parmesan and a causa de pulpo (octopus), accompanied by the tasty national beer Cusqueña. Delicious!
I went home early. In addition to being very tired, I had scheduled a visit to the OLI Foundation - Fundación OLI the following morning.
I was received by Diana Crousillat, coordinator of social projects and institutional relations.
In a dynamic and affectionate way she explained to me that the foundation is a help platform that works as a broker, enhancing the involvement of civil society and companies in supporting solidarity initiatives.
I find it particularly interesting that this organization collects support which facilitates the sustainability of projects developed by other entities and simultaneously, it provides a framework for initiatives lacking an institutional context.
For example, as they are present in the collection of support for communities affected by natural disasters, they also allow the conditions for the development of projects such as “Corazones solidários” (Solidarity Hearts) or “Ayudando, Abrigando” (Helping, Sheltering).
In the “Corazones solidários” project, they provide material to mothers of chronically ill children (who are unable to work) so that they can make decorative pieces with cloth hearts. Subsequently, collect these products and put them on sale, being 100% of the value obtained delivered to its recipients.
In the “Ayudando, Abrigando” project, they collect bottles and other plastic containers and turn them into blankets and blankets. These are just some of the interesting projects developed by them.
The sustainability of Fundación OLI (www.olifoundation.org) results from the collaboration of volunteers and donations from private individuals, most of them being international or residing outside the country. So if you come to Lima and want to contribute in an organized way to Peruvian society, to volunteer here is a great option.
Always by foot, I visited El Olivar Park, I passed Ovalo Gutierrez, I crossed Guillermo Correa Elias Park and I made the whole Malecón (pedestrian walk through the hill, over the sea). Yes, I began to understand why Peru is a surf spot with a huge worldwide reputation.
Despite the gray weather, I was particularly charmed by the beauty of the view of the Pacific Ocean and the sweetness of the Park del Amor. Unmissable! (reviewed by Jakes Lones)