Here are some photos from the last week in Puerto Alegria.
Luis, at 5 years old is the youngest boy at Puerto Alegria. He was not too keen on watching the World Cup final game on Sunday and was more interested in making silly faces.
Luis, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
Jair is one of the boys from Caballococha who speaks Tikuna and not very much Spanish. Because of this, he is usually quiet, but has a beautiful smile.
Jair, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
One of the groups brought packets of glitter for an art project. Of course, the glitter never made it to the project, but rather all over the faces, arms, backs and legs of many of the younger boys, not just Dairo and Junior as seen here.
Dairo, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
Junior, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
It has been hot and humid this week, which means lots of swimming in the river!
Xavier, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
Segundo and Tercero are the oldest boys at the home in Puerto Alegria. After the last work team left on Friday afternoon, the older boys returned to their rooms and I now have neighbors. The twins’ room is just a few doors down from mine and every morning, afternoon and night they walk past my room trying to startle me, share some silly joke, make a comment, ask to borrow a magazine or just look in to see what I am doing. I can’t help but laugh when they do this because they act just like they are my little brothers.
Segundo & Tercero, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
When there isn’t a team at the house, life is somewhat slower and more time is spent on chores, homework, school and just hanging out. When I started to read some of the magazines I brought, pretty soon I had a group of boys wanting to read too. Even though the majority of the magazines are in English (afew are Spanish or bilingual), they still enjoyed looking at the photographs and seeing what is going on in the world.
Luis Enrique & Marcelino, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
Reading, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.
And finally, here’s a photo of the 40 boys who live at the home, plus the house parents, directors and staff.
Girasoles Puerto Alegria, originally uploaded by katherinebruder.