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April 3th, 2013

Azul Wasi orphanage in Peru will benefit from April 12 fundraiser

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 he third annual fundraiser for the children of the Azul Wasi orphanage in Cusco, Peru, will be 8 at p.m. Saturday, April 12, at The Lighthouse Cafe.
According to local event organizer Miriam Mangotti, Azul Wasi is a small orphanage created by a couple and their family in Cusco in 2002. The 17 children who live at Azul Wasi have a long history of parental neglect and abuse. The youngest is 2 years old; the oldest is 20. Thanks to donations, Azul Wasi is able to provide safe shelter, hot meals, healthcare and education tools. “The orphanage is only supported with the sponsorship of private individuals who help on an individual basis in a nonprofit way,” said Mangotti.
A local core group of friends and professionals visited the children at Azul Wasi and saw the extreme conditions in which the children were living. In 2012, the same group organized its first fundraiser, said Mangotti. With the help of donors and fundraising events such as this, organizers were able to see real improvements in the way the children live.
Children have been provided with clothes, kitchen utensils and food, and health and dental care. The land surrounding Azul Wasi has been irrigated to prevent flooding and made ready for planting. Funds also went toward changing light poles from wood to cement to prevent electricity loss, and repairing modest modes of transportation. An irrigation system that leads directly to the laundry room was installed, and new laundry rooms were built. In addition, the dining room roof had been repaired.
Over the past year, the orphanage has been able to construct four new bedrooms and two new bathrooms – one for boys, the other for girls – and a study room. New desks, chairs and internet access were obtained for the study room. This year, the orphanage employed a full-time, live-in teacher.
Other structural improvements and additions, including a new kitchen and dining area, are underway, and every month the group sends funds to ensure the children are adequately fed. Most importantly, the orphanage now has potable water. Funds raised paid for water lines to be run from a nearby small, remote village to the orphanage so the children could drink fresh water. Funds also helped pay for the village’s water tax imposed for use.
Local supporters help in other ways, too, said Mangotti. This past Thanksgiving, the Yoga Center of Key Biscayne donated a full-day’s class tuition to the cause, and collected Christmas gifts to be sent to Azul Wasi, ensuring every child had a gift.
The April 12 event will feature dinner, dance and silent auction, with a complimentary first glass of wine. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or ticket sales, contact Miriam Mangotti at 305-724-4002.
The event is sponsored by The Lighthouse Café, which is providing the food and the space for this year’s event, The Yoga Center of Key Biscayne, Puro Papel, Fundacion Mano del Sur, Stefano’s, Inova, Total Bank, Swarovski Jewelry and The Islander News.

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