Reflection by Sara Castellano ’18 and Zora Hermans ’18
Sara: "Today we were able to sleep in before we drove to Pisac to visit a large market area, full of Peruvian culture, vibrant colors, and many unique souvenirs. There were many alpaca sweaters and blankets, and Peruvian silver. We got to interact with local vendors, buying various Peruvian goods (in Spanish of course). I was able to buy many trinkets for my family and a few things for myself. During the evening we went to a beautiful mass (in Spanish) and got blessed with holy water."
Zora: "Rosita is a two year old girl who now lives at The Hogar de la Niña Santa Rosa. Yesterday, her father dropped her off there, because her mother died while giving birth to a second child. Her family, like all the other children at the school, live in the mountains as farmers. She is sent to this school, run by the Daughters for the St. Vincent Charity under the Cusco Archdiocese, to receive a good education and learn valuable skills that will help them get jobs. As a group, we spent about three hours there today, bonding with the girls (ages ranging from 2 to 11) and even buying beautiful artifacts that were handmade by them in the school. We played with them and each got a bracelet made by the littler girls. Visiting and learning about the school was definitely one of the highlights of the trip."