• kmpinkel

    I think this so amazingly wonderful in so many ways. Not just the idea that these women are being empowered and nurtured and educated, but by the idea of Blake and his wife to do this. It says so much about their hearts and their humaness (is that a word?). Thank you for putting these people, on both sides of the program, in the limelight. For every evil in the world there is more goodness and I needed today to feel the goodness.

  • drsue

    love the shot of the pooping dog!

  • Heather Armstrong

    I didn’t have enough room in this post to get into what they both and all four of their children had to give up to move down there and set up this operation. None of them spoke Spanish when they arrived, and it’s been really rough at times. More than rough, even. So, yeah. I was so impressed with the fact that they walked away from a really easy life in the States to something so foreign and uncomfortable and hard. Such wonderful people.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Chuck called him and told him I was coming.

  • kmpinkel

    I would really like to hear their back story and what it was that compelled and then propelled them to do it. It is truly ingenious and courageous!

  • Bratfink

    The pooping dog was great, but what a wonderful program for these women (and their children).

  • Jana

    Thank you for your work on behalf of this organization and the women it supports. I will definitely purchase something from them.
    I was also wondering if they accept packages of children’s clothes. I would love to send them the clothes that my girls have outgrown. Even some toys/books too, for the child care center.

  • Kristine

    The name of the district is Barranco, you spelled the ending with an a, not an o. :)

  • Claire Carlson Cohen

    As a veteran teacher, I feel drawn to the childcare situation shown in the photos. Is it possible to send items to the child care center? Do they have a most needed items list?

  • lam81208

    Is it possible to sponsor one of the children that is involved with this program? I know, by sponsoring the mother, the child is also benefiting, but just curious if monetary and some clothes, school supplies, books, etc. would be welcomed specifically for the children.

  • Lauren3

    Here is why I very much enjoy and appreciate this post.

    1) It’s fascinating. The whole story.
    2) I’m happy to find out about KKi — the clothes are lovely. Guess what the niece and nephew are getting for their birthdays this May.
    3) You never know who is going to see this story as a result of this post and be inspired to do the same in another region or country. Stories are inspiration, Heather, and you tell them well.

  • Katey Kendall-Evans

    Heather you are truly amazing and you inspire me with everything you do. Once I finish school I will take these types of trips, it had been a dream of mine since I was little. The awareness you are bringing to this organization and these women is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experience in Peru. Thank you for being such a beautiful representation of the power we all have to serve and to bring awareness to issues we would never get to see. Thank you for sharing this opportunity to sponsor a women in this program. You rock !!!

  • Kathryn

    yes, i’d love to hear more. I’m amazed at how people do this! not just in a “wow you left the comfort of your life in the states”, but more..the logistics and complications of setting up such an organisation. visas, finances, people, getting the word out, reaching out to people such as yourself…it’s a hefty task. i’d LOVE to know more.

  • Ellere

    It’s always better to send money. Always. They can buy anything they’d need, for a fraction of the cost it take to even mail the thing to them.

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  • ClaireCarlsonCohen

    And while I completely agree that sending money is the best option for adults, it is easier for younger kids here to understand how they are helping, why they are helping, if the items are more tangible. If there were a needed items list, we could assign a US $ amount to a photo of the item and kids could donate or ‘sponsor’ an item. Once the money was sent to Krochet Kids, it would be up to them as to what items the money was spent on to help the daycare. Interestingly, where I live, we can get companies to sponser things like shipping to another country (ex: Girl Scout Cookies for Troops) but asking for a monetary donation is always declined.

  • Marge

    hey heather, i am quite impressed by the perspective and sensitivity your writing has acquired and your addressing concerns about exploitation, about entitlement and white privilege. it is easy to reach less sensitive conclusions,and the entire development industrial-complex encourages that. Dear commentators, no disrespect: I understand Americans’/ First World People’s desire to help with sentiment-infused items, something they or their kids or their communities touched and lovingly packed and shipped sometimes free of charge BUT if there is an entire infrastructure clearly addressing important needs and if people say “please give us the money”, why, why the need to send crayons? why the knee-jerk reaction to sponsor a kid with clothes but not the childcare which would help with so many other problems besides garments?