I am back in Lima. I arrived late last night.
In all my years of travel in the many trips I've taken to-and-from Perú, the excitement and energy I feel when I arrive are the same. I am giddy. Perhaps even more so - given the months of uncertainty and travel restrictions in the face of the pandemic.
We have a busy trip planned. We will be traveling to the Casa Girasoles in Urubamba and Ica - and make a brief visit to Arequipa for a day of meetings.
This trip is one of the most essential trips I have made in a long time. Not only is it a chance to truly reconnect with our staff and spend time with the children in the homes, but this is also a trip that continues to reset our mission and vision.
Over the past year, we've spent a lot of time and numerous discussions with our staff talking about the new focus of HBI. We've crafted a new vision for our work that emphasizes women and children. We've even intentionally narrowed the scope of our programs and projects to focus on child welfare and empowerment, programs that will address the root causes of risk, opportunity, and health gaps for vulnerable children in Perú.
Over the next two weeks, we will meet with staff and talk about how our new focus can galvanize our organization. We are living in an inspiring time. Thanks for your ongoing support and generosity. Stay tuned to the blog for stories, photos, and updates.
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