From the Chapter: Las piranitas (Street children in Peru are called piranhas)
“The blue Panasonic sign spread its color over them, a pulsing constant moon grinning over the children who covered their mouths with glue. In and out, yellow shoe glue – a food to take away hunger, a sweater to hide the col, a crazy, flying escape towards forgetting. The music held its pace, concealing its presence as the traffic rumbled past, returning to lullaby between cars, the same songs wading in and out of awareness. The children hunched in the shadows, silent, breathing, their bodies close and unashamed to rest in the embrace of one another.
“They are kids without a childhood, kids living with real fears. They face street fights, police brutality, their friends’ deaths, addiction to glue, their own constant hunger, cold nights in the cold damp air, they have nowhere to sleep, and nowhere to hide. They have no job to obtain, no mom or dad to run to, no one to defend them, no one to give them even a band-aide when they really need a doctor. They have nowhere to get clean, people are repulsed by their filth, they have self-inflicted scars on their arms, and are penniless children born into a world that never gave them a chance from the beginning.
This is only a glimpse, only a little bit of who they are. This is their suffering … but in the middle of all this, they are children who love and give and need. It is their smile in this darkness, which makes life matter, lets you know that you can live, even when you are broken. It is their courage, which faces real fears, that helps you face your imagined ones. It is their trust in the help of a stranger which gives you the faith to jump when you need to learn to trust in a friend. The truth is that they need you, and they need me. And maybe more so – we need them."
My our hearts always be softened for these boys…
I have decided to attach some photos from our last Street Program.... We are in the rainy season now and so we have major downpours at times! Check out the craziness! (sorry not all my photos are the absolute clearest)