S: TO HAVE, TO HOLD, & ONE WEEK SPENT // Erin Russell
1: TO HAVE, TO HOLD, & ONE WEEK SPENT by Erin Russell
3: Chaclacayo, Peru March 8, 2014 - March 15, 2014 | Hogar San Fransisco de Asis - Home of St. Francis of Assisi is a center for destitute and sick children founded by Doctor Anthony Lazzara in 1987. The home is funded by the Villa La Paz - Home of Peace Foundation. With no fixed income, the foundation relies entirely on donation.
6: Parents send their children to the Hogar because they are unable to afford medical care. Currently, the home contains 44 children with illnesses such as malnutrition, tuberculosis, parasite infestation, chronic respiratory disease, congenital malformation, cancer, handicaps, and burn victims. The home takes the children in, providing a home for them to live in, meals, therapy, schooling, and community. Once the children are better, they return to their families. The time of stay has ranged from as little as two weeks to as long as 13 years.
7: Table of Plenty
9: "I hope to instill in the children gratitude to God for all He has done for them. They come into the home ill and leave healthy. While here they receive an education, nutrition and affection. This is all due to God. While in the home the children, if Catholic, receive catechism to be baptized, receive first Holy Communion and Confirmation." DR. ANTHONY LAZARRA
10: "Dios es un espiritu y la Paz" -VICTOR
12: "Dios es mi Padre y el Camino" -ARACELY
14: PAULA | It was rare for Paula to speak. She would sit in the corner and observe quietly.
17: "I increasingly believe that the handicapped are God’s gift to us, to act as a catalyst to produce and provoke love in hearts that are sometimes hard and cold. " Michael Coren --Excerpt taken from Villa La Paz newsletter March 2014
20: "Dios es Amor. Me encanta Dios. El es nuestro Padre." -BRUNO
22: "Me encanta Dios." -LILIANA
24: SHEYLA | Sheyla asked if I would be her godmother.
26: LILIANA & SHEYLA
28: ESLI | Esli would run to you and wrap his arms around your neck & not let go until you picked him up.
30: ELOY | Esli's other half.
32: ESLI & ELOY
34: "Dios es la ayuda y protege." -FRANK | So little he had, and yet so much he was willing to share.
36: "Dios es mi Papa y un Doctor." -SEGUNDO
38: "Dios es mi Papa" -BARAIN
40: BLANCA | She would run wild, even with a limp in her leg I was unable to keep track of her. Then she'd rest in my lap & lay her head on my shoulder.
42: BLANCA & VALENTINA
44: EDIL BOTERO | Tears because a volunteer was working so hard to carry him.
46: JOSE LUIS I was overwhelmed with patience at his ability to listen.
48: DANIEL | Daniel's dream is to be able to go to school. When I asked what his favorite thing to do was, he said, "to study."
50: When the kids had my camera,