Soil Test

Students from the universidad agraria (Agriculture University) came to Huaycán to check out our biohuertos to perform analyses on the soil and terrain. Starting in 2015 we will engage in a 6 month project with these students to truly bring our gardens to the next level!


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Women’s day out

For our field trip with the women of zone Z, we spent the day in Callao, Lima’s famous port city. First, we toured Lima’s historical castle Real Felipe while learning about Peru’s naval and pirate history. The señoras especially loved getting a tour of the tight labyrinth quarters where prisoners were kept. We then spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the beach and each other’s company. This was especially powerful as several of these women had never before seen the ocean. A day to remember!

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3 Generations

3 generations of LLI program participants:

Students Maria Cristina, Anderson and Jefferson. Mom is Nelida, so sweet and dedicated program participant, one of our long time artisans. Grandmother is Alejandra, also a program participant, always willing to help

3 generations


Since LLI has a whopping FIVE program participants’ birthdays this month, the awesome moms and students of zone Z decided to throw us all a joint Peruvian birthday surprise party complete with papa huancaina and Inca Cola. Such a blast! Happy birthday Donya Jahedmanesh, Jessie LSweet, Lara DeVries, Marcus Hess and Carlos Cruz!

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Beading and bonding

Women’s workshops are often a time of family bonding. At this month’s artisan workshop, mothers learned and collaborated with their children to create beautiful wire jewelry.

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Día de los Muertos

Zone Z has a huge Día de los Muertos celebration every year where families gather and honor the dead, often by bringing flowers and repainting the tombstones of their lost loved ones. Carina and Carlos used this celebration as a way to share their own Mexican culture with the students of 232, as they explained differences in festivities such as the Mexican use of “calaveras” decorated skulls. The students then had a great time decorating their own calavera masks before joining their families in festivities!

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Art workshop with Sucheta

It was incredible to see the students, from the sweet small kids to the independent teens, use their vivid imagination to draw, illustrate, color and paint!– Sucheta

We had an entire week brimming with creativity in Zones D, Z and S and the Teen Center, thanks to our Art teacher Sucheta! The little kids went all out with their imagination and drew funny creatures with an assortment of heads, bodies, feet and tails of their choice. They even presented the colored drawings to the rest of the class. Mermaids were by far the most popular, closely followed by butterflies, horses and sharks.


Over at the Teen Center, the students split into teams and wrote short stories. Later they illustrated them on wood panels using tempera paint. Here as well the mermaids made their debut and so did a Monster Scooby-Doo, courtesy of Franky and Gabriel. Later in the week, the students in the Zones S and D painted Tibetan-inspired wish/blessing flags with animals that represent positive emotions of courage, hope, freedom, beauty, love and happiness.