Today is Peru’s Independence Day, Fiestas Patrias. It’s a big deal. In any other time, under “normal” circumstances – the entire country is a celebration. A celebration that lasts for days. It’s awesome.
Today, however, the country has declared that only July 28th is a holiday. There are strong warnings to shelter-in-place and avoid travel. People are discouraged from holding parties, and the vast majority of people won’t be celebrating beyond their immediate families.
Times are tough enough without having a little celebration. That is why we had a Fiestas Patrias celebration – virtual – for the Casa Girasoles yesterday. It was a chance to celebrate the culture and passion of the boys – and allow them to connect with one another in a fun, safe manner. Through the power of Zoom (how many of us thought Zoom would be so important in our lives and work just 6-months ago?) we set up cameras at the homes in Urubamba and Ica and held friendly competitions for dance and games. We invited a few of our supporters and staff to join and had our own Fiestas Patrias – COVID-style. It was great. Check it out at: Fiestas Patrias Casa Girasoles