Posted on March 06, 2014 by Stewart.
Below is an inspiring story of the impact the Girasoles project in Peru can have on the lives of the boys that live in the homes. Thanks to Billy Greenman for the update.
Sabino has also been doing many different activities with the kids this summer. One of his favorite things to do is ride his bicycle, and he has begun to share that pastime with some of the older boys at the home. A few of them have really taken an affinity to bike riding, specifically Carlos (real name changed). Carlos is one of the older boys at our home, and he has a history of not showing any real type of motivation. He is one who has often found any type of opportunity that he could to sneak away from school and skip class. Even when he did attend class, he rarely made any type of effort to apply himself.
Kate and I have had the pleasure of seeing a huge change in this boy over the last year. We knew him as a somewhat rebellious boy who would rarely make an effort to have a conversation with anybody. Earlier this year when Sabino decided to take some of the boys out for a ride, he quickly picked up on the fact that Carlos really seemed to enjoy the activity. In the following months Sabino continued to encourage Carlos and the other boys to continue to ride their bikes. When they weren't riding, they were working together to make repairs or saving to add "upgrades" to the bicycles. Carlos was still struggling with school, and his teachers continued to report the fact that he skipped classes often, so Sabino decided to try to use the bike as a motivator. He started allowing him to ride the bike to school, and he continued to do other bicycle outings with Carlos to different places around Ica on the weekends, but whenever Sabino received a negative report from the school he took the bike away until the report from the teachers changed.
Slowly, but surely Carlos began to make improvements. He finally found something that he was passionate about, and it helped keep him motivated to put some more effort into his studies. In addition to his improvement at school, this activity has allowed Carlos to bond with Sabino in a way that might not have been possible otherwise. We are really proud of Carlos and the improvements that he has made this year. He has finally passed onto the next grade in school after having to repeat the same grade twice. He is also a noticeably different person than he was a year ago. He will now come up to us and initiate a conversation, and more often than not he is carrying a smile on his face.
Your past and continued support of the Vine Trust's work in Peru has helped to make many stories like this possible. Thank You
We will be posting an update about the Ica home at the start of next week.