We’re back in Lima. Our original plan of conducting an in-person Center of Excellence retreat with the staff at the Casa Girasoles in Ica got thwarted by a transportation strike. As such, we pivoted and shifted our schedule to conduct the retreat on Sunday and then race back to Lima on Sunday night to avoid the strike.
This afternoon we head to Cusco and then on to the Casa Girasoles in the Sacred Valley. We will holding a retreat with the staff all day tomorrow – and then heading off on our separate ways to travel back to the U.S. or move to another program and project here in Perú.
The main focus of this trip has been the completion of our phase I of the Center of Excellence research study. Along with our partners from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing – we are collaborating with the NGO Paths of Hope and Universidad Catolica Santa Maria (Arequipa, Perú) to more fully understand what it means to develop a toolkit of training materials and resources for service providers working in residential child-welfare services. This is a five year study that has really only just started.
We are learning so much! I looking forward to sharing more details and photos from our retreat in Urubamba.