Quality of Care in Peru

Quality of Care in Peru
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Quality Leaders Transforming lives


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Mike & Diane Fietje in Peru while leading a team from my home church in Cambridge. This being my first time to Lima, Peru, I was impressed by the quality of Mike’s staff and by the difference Vida Para Niños (Kids Alive) is making in the outskirts of Peru’s capital city. Let me explain:

Wilder & Silvia Diaz – husband & wife leaders at the Oasis – began work with Vida para Niños in 2016. The Oasis is a Christian school and outreach centre in the Manchay suburb. The School counts 65 children in kindergarten, and another 80 children in grades 1-4. 

“It’s a perfect fit,” says Wilder, who previously served as a pastor for three years, and prior to that spent 18 years in a bank. Silvia came to Oasis after serving 30 years as a teacher.

“God showed us that this was it – there was no alternative.”

In addition to the school, the Oasis runs an outreach called Familia de Esperanza (Family of Hope). Eighty percent of the women who send their children to the Oasis are unwed. Silvia says that a big part of her role is counselling women who are dealing with physical and sexual abuse and infidelity. The Familia de Esperanza outreach includes a homework club (75 students), a pre-school (75 students), a sewing workshop (3 women), and a microenterprise component (20 women).

“I have been preparing my whole life for this,” says Silvia. Silvia tells me that the week before my visit, she had the opportunity to lead two children into a relationship with Christ.

One of Silvia’s protégés is a young woman named Dana. Dana had her son when she was 15 and her boyfriend was 17. In other words, they were just kids- totally unprepared for parenthood. Neither was working. And the intense stress of raising a child in conditions of poverty led them to take the frustration out on each other. Dana was physically abused. 

Dana came to Oasis program when her son was two years old. He began attending preschool. Dana, along with nine other women, partook in morning Bible studies. During the day Dana worked at the school and learned different life-skills such as first aid, financial management, and how to cook. 

“As I began to change, my boyfriend noticed,” she explains. “And slowly he began to change too.”

Dana’s son is now 5 years old. She says she is no longer abused. Her husband has found work as a security guard for a local grocery store. Dana works six eight-hour shifts at the same store, as well as Tuesday/Thursday mornings as a seamstress at the Oasis, where she helps create uniforms, purses, pyjamas, sheets, curtains, cushions, etc.

“This is like a second home to me,” she says. “It has helped me to be in the world – but not to get lost in it.”

When I asked Dana about her hopes for the future, Dana says 1) She hopes her family stays together, 2) That she can keep working at the Oasis, and 3) That her family would continue walking with the Lord.

 


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