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March 21, 2014

Hogar Luz de Vida 

Trujillo, Peru

Youth Transitional Home

Woman & Children Support Program

One reason why I love my job is that it gives me the opportunity to give photography to non profit organizations whose stories should be told, but they often lack the funding to hire a professional. This is something that I’ve yearned for since I first picked up a camera. To give. To tell stories that are making this world a better place.

Hogar Luz de Vida is a transitional home for teenage girls and boys who can no longer stay in Peru’s orphanages but lack the training and support to thrive in the outside world. Luz de Vida helps them make that transition by linking the teens to job training and education as well as life skills such as cooking and cleaning that they never had to do on their own in the orphanages. It is a beautiful project and the teens there are glowing from their new confidence. Instead of landing on the streets, homeless, these teens can now walk into the next chapter of their lives with the resources to succeed.

Hogar Luz de Vida also started a woman and children support program in the nearby city of Huanchaco, Peru. Here, woman from the town can come and knit hats and scarves that are then sold for their income. Luz de Vida supplies the yarn and takes care of selling the hats and scarves, giving the proceeds back to the woman. In a community where there woman are illiterate and often without the skills to make their own living, this project is truly changing lives. A woman told us about how she couldn’t afford to send her two children to school in the mototaxi before this project, but now they have the opportunity to take the $2/day ride to town for their education.

You can check out their website here to learn more about their vision: http://corazondeesperanza.org/?page_id=89.

If you know of a non-profit organization whose story should be told, email me! It is my goal to use my resources to help create good in this world.

 

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