The community service and cross-cultural trainings in Chimbote we’ve participated in have been fulfilling in friendship. That’s one of the things we notice about this kind of trip – it’s relational, especially since WGC and the Incarnate Word sisters have had such a long presence here.
Tag: Our Stories
Stephanie Mitchell, a University of Incarnate Word nutrition professor on our immersion trip, is very concerned about water quality and how that can bring health or disease.
On May 23, we visited both a preschool and secondary school in an outlying area known as Nuevo Chimbote.
Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word: Ministries and Missionaries as Testimonies of Community and Compassion
On Sunday, May 21, our group of travelers departed from Cusco to Lima to meet up with Sr. Katty and the other sisters who reside there: Mirella, Yvonne, and Carmelita. The sisters gave us a warm welcome and had dinner laid out for us in anticipation of our arrival.
On this day we ask God for forgiveness. We ask him for help. We plead for change. More importantly, we plead him for strength to all the children around the world who are “Child laborers.” But if you’re unfamiliar and had to ask yourself what child labor is how would you respond?
Now more accustomed to the city of Chimbote, on Thursday May 25th, WGC volunteers split up into three groups to attend to several service projects across the city.
Our sister Bernadette Azuela (1931-2008) believed in social justice and lived accordingly. When we hear her name, we are reminded of her creativity, her prophetic witness with the poor, and her loving care for God’s creation. In this reflection, our sister Ivonne Ramirez shares with us a few of her memories of Bernadette, many of which continue to live on and inspire our ongoing actions and decisions for justice, peace, and the care of creation.
We live in a time of incredible movement — of people, goods, ideas, and challenges.
Sister Ivonne visited the Valle Progreso Area, the place where the Congregation offered immediate relief and support in the hour of Emergency. Sister Yvonne met with some of the families to listen and share words of encouragement and hope with each of them.
As we prepare to accompany the people of Chimbote, Peru, in various nutrition, business, educational, and art projects, we remember that the city grew so rapidly because thousands of people left the highlands of Peru thinking that they could find work in the seaside city. Our group is exploring what life is like in an Andean region and some of the rich history of the Incas. With Cuzco as our base, we have taken tours and explored many Inca sites. People 500 years ago hewed, polished, and carried stones, building these amazing temples.