Why am I returning to Huánuco, Perú?

Why am I returning to Huánuco, Perú? This August I am leading the Global Outreach team from Journey Church to the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde in Huánuco, Perú for the second consecutive year. Last year was our exploratory trip with an incredible group of people in which we were deciding if this was a good fit for our church as a Global Outreach partner in South America. We learned a great deal about the organizations involved and how Peru’s government functioned when it came to human right’s issues. We served the staff and residents by helping to build a roof over their laundry area and paint their living quarters. We enjoyed meals with the residents at the shelter, danced, played volleyball, went on hikes and just thoroughly enjoyed our time immersed in their culture. What I did not anticipate was for them to serve us as well. The staff cooked us 3 meals daily, cleaned and even gave us homemade gifts. It was a beautiful experience that really changed my perspective on Global Outreach. This trip is impactful and I am so excited to share it with another group of individuals this August, including my husband!

Do you want to partner with us? You can donate through the Journey Church PayPal link below or mail us a check made out to Journey Church for a tax deductible donation. Contact me for more info.

"Shaving" trees is no easy task!

“Shaving trees” is no easy task! These trees supported the roof over the laundry area.

I am trying something new here. I decided to translate my post above into Spanish below. I have some friends that speak Spanish and I am also working on my translation skills for our upcoming trip.

¿Por qué me voy a volver a Huánuco, Perú?  El agosto que viene voy a dirigir un grupo de Journey Church a la Casa del Buen Trato en Huánuco, Perú, por segundo año consecutivo. El año pasado fue nuestro viaje de exploración con un increíble grupo de personas en la que estábamos decidiendo si esto era una buena opción para nuestra iglesia en América del Sur. Aprendimos mucho sobre las organizaciones involucradas y cómo el gobierno de Perú funcionaba con se trataba de cuestiones de derechos humanos. Servimos el personal y los residentes en la Casa del Buen Trato, ayudamos a construir un techo sobre su área de lavado y pintamos sus habitaciones. Disfrutamos de las comidas con los residentes de La Casa del Buen Trato, bailamos, jugamos voleibol, dimos unas caminatas y disfrutamos de estar inmerso en su cultura. Lo que no esperaba era que ellos nos sirven también. El personal nos preparó 3 comidas al día, limpió para nosotros y nos hicieron regalos. Fue bonito y cambió mi perspectiva. Este viaje es impactante y estoy muy emocionada de compartir con otro grupo en el agosto que viene, incluso a mi marido. (Sólo tengo un nivel intermedio de español. Lo siento por la traducción desordenado.) Puedes donar dinero a través de PayPal por debajo de este. Gracias.

Things Aren’t As Easy In Peru

I have come to realize that things just don’t happen as quickly or easily as I would like or anticipate in Huánuco, Peru. After Christmas, water had been reached while digging for the well and they only needed to go a little deeper for a more consistent flow. They were hopeful that it was just a matter of weeks before the residents would have clean water. I have received the following update out of Peru and I have to say that my heart is heavy.

“Update from Peru: the water well construction went well, finding a small volume of water at around 30 meters. But they needed to go deeper to hit more volume. But given the manual excavation techniques, they couldn’t go deeper safely. The solution is to hire a drilling rig from Lima (cost prohibitive), or dig another well in a location closer to the river where we may find water without going so deep. We are consulting local hydraulic experts and will let you know what we decide. This is definitely a frustrating setback, but we’ll keep pushing towards a solution!”

I am so thankful for everyone who contributed financially and prayerfully to this project and I will continue to keep you updated as to the progress. I am so hopeful that when we arrive in August that the residents will have clean water. Every day I take for granted the clean water that flows through my pipes, but today all I can think about is all of the people around the world that are not as fortunate as I am.

The Well (El Pozo)

Well [wel]: a hole drilled or bored into the earth to obtain water. I love how that definition describes the picture below! The well (el pozo) at the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde in Huánuco, Perú is now approximately 46 feet deep and they hope to hit water soon! I really get so excited to bring you these updates! :)

46 Feet Deep!

They’re getting close!

Did you know that we will be returning to Perú in 2014 either in late July or early August? If you would like to come with us and see the new well, and serve the beautiful people that live at the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde, please send me an email below.

How Do They Dig a Well in Peru? By Hand!

I was so excited to receive these photos yesterday from Peru. The digging of the well at the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde in Huánuco, Peru has begun. They dig everything by hand, so they should reach water in a few weeks! I will keep you all posted as things progress. Thank you again to all that have given financially to make this a reality. This is going to drastically improve the health of the women and children at the home in Huánuco. ¡Muchas gracias a ti!
Peru Well Inside
Peru Well Outside

Have you heard? They’re getting a WELL!

With $5,200 already collected and another expected commitments in the $3,000-$4,000 range still trickling in, the OK has been given for construction to begin on the well at the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde in Huánuco, Peru!

Clean water = healthier girls

Clean water = healthier girls

I can not even begin to explain how happy I am to pass on this news to you. And…thanks to all of you and your generosity WE were able to contribute $450 of that just by me asking my friends and family on facebook for $5 each. (Some of you gave more!!!) THANK YOU ALL!!!! GRACIAS A TODOS!!!!

Can you spare $5 today to help build a water well in Peru?


Casa del Buen Trato Hovde (House of Good Treatment) in Huánuco, Peru, where I spent a week in August, is in need of a water well! TOGETHER WE CAN HELP! WILL YOU JOIN ME? It will only cost you $5.00!

Front gate to the 'Casa del Buen Trato Hovde' (House of Good Treatment Hovde)

Front gate to the ‘Casa del Buen Trato Hovde’ (House of Good Treatment Hovde)

Now in its 4th year of operations, the Peru shelter houses up to 50 girls who are victims of sexual abuse.  Currently, there are about 40 teen girls there, along with 8 babies. More than 200 girls have received refuge and love at the Hovde House since it opened!

Some of the girls at the shelter braiding each others hair and talking in the courtyard.

Some of the girls at the shelter braiding each others hair and talking in the courtyard.

When the facility was built, they extended an existing water supply from a nearby mountain stream.  Over the years though, many of the girls have experienced frequent stomach illnesses and skin rashes.  It turns out the water supply isn’t as clean as they originally thought.  Now, after months of investigation and consideration of solutions, they have decided to dig a well on site.  Not only will this well provide clean water, it will allow them to better control the water supply.  The current system suffers frequent outages during heavy rains when the stream overflows and the pipes and tanks fill with mud.

Me standing in front of the mountain spring which is the current source of water for the shelter.

Me standing in front of the mountain stream which is the current source of water for the shelter.

Here is where you can help for only $5.00! Our team of 10 has a goal of $200 each (that means I need 40 of you to donate $5.00)! Come on! That’s soooo doable!!! Then we have an anonymous donor who will match our $2,000! We are well on our way to a well! How much can you give today? Our team thanks you for your support! We can not wait for these kids to have CLEAN WATER!!!

Our amazing group that traveled to Peru last month.

Our amazing group that traveled to Peru last month.

¡Muchas gracias!

Do you want to know more about the Casa del Buen Trato Hovde and Paz y Esperanza and why I think you won’t be disappointed by spending $5.00 of your hard earned money? Then watch this 5 minute video. (Maybe have a tissue handy)… ;) http://vimeo.com/48531775

I’m going to Peru! ¡Voy a Perú!


Hello! ¡Hola!

My love story with Spanish began almost 22 years ago when I took my very first Spanish class. I never thought that it would have developed into the daily passion it has. I have this burning desire to continually fill my mind with as much of this language and of Spanish culture that I possibly can.

I have the incredible opportunity of co-leading a group of 10 amazing people from Journey Church and the Charlotte area on a service project to Huánuco, Perú from August 3-9, 2013.  My Spanish speaking skills will be utilized for possible translation between our group and native Spanish speakers in Perú as well as conversations with the residents of the Hovde House in Huánuco, Perú.

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“This house serves one of the most vulnerable communities of children in Perú, victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Perú has one of the highest rates of child abuse (and rape) in the world; Huánuco, a city of 250,000 people in a wider region of 800,000 is severely affected by this atrocity, often ‘explained’ by the prevalence of alcoholism, illiteracy,  corruption, and the lack of rule of law.

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This house currently provides temporary shelter to approximately 40-50 young women who have suffered sexual abuse, and for some of them, it’s a safe place to raise their unexpected children. These girls receive counseling, education, skills training, and love from qualified staff, while our partner organization, Paz y Esperanza, fights for justice in court against their perpetrators. Only after their homes and communities are safe again, do the girls go home.” (from www.hovdefoundation.org)

We individually need to raise $1800. I would appreciate any gifts you can give whether monetary or in your thoughts and prayers for our trip. I look forward to being able to share with you the incredible work that is happening in Perú! Please also follow me on facebook for updates and pictures!

Thank you, Gracias,
Kelley