Hogar de Ninas Published on January 31, 2014

The Andes mountains are, to say the least, spectacular. The air is crisp, the sky is blue (the bluest we’ve ever seen), and the open fields mesmerize you as you drive down the back roads between highland villages.

On our day trip to the town of Anta, we arrived at something even more spectacular—the beautiful, spacious home of Peruvian Heart’s Hogar de Ninas, a place where thirty orphaned girls are loved and cared for.

Peruvian Hearts has been the sole supporter of the Hogar since 2003, and for one day we felt so lucky to be a part of these girls’ lives. We got the chance to read books with them and play volleyball with them (losing our breath quickly from the altitude!). They showed us their bedrooms and classrooms, and the pride they held for where they lived and their joy for life was infectious.

Spending quality time with these girls reminded us about why we travel. For us, there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting others, hearing their stories, experiencing a culture different from our own, and being changed by it.