Sunday, 20 November 2016

The day of Here We Are

The mestizo chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega says that when Francisco Pizarro and the priest Valverde asked the Inca Atahualpa to submit, "He was saddened (because they asked him for ...) things so rough, and he groaned: "Atac!”, which means, "Oh, pain," and with that he meant the great pain that he felt.

No wonder: that distressed feeling anticipated the massacre that would unfold a few minutes later.

Ten thousand of us, including children, were assassinated at dusk on 16th November, 1532. In what school, university, or public entity does a single minute of silence be made today for them?

Despite the pains, "Here we are", and from that permanence we honor our grandparents and we celebrate never having succumbed.

We do not fall into the uninformed traps of proclaiming "the meeting" of two worlds, "where it all began", "day of the race" and other such nonsense.

Because the conquest has not ended this pain has continued.

Night of Sun

Last year Antonio Basanta carried out a solidarity exhibition based on the Basanta-Martin collection of more than three thousand figures, which means more than two hundred sets of cribs, with the name "Night of Light".

For this year, Antonio and his people, with the support of our brother Kepa Osoro, return in solidarity with a renewed exhibition: "Night of Sun".

The exhibition will take place at the Reader's House in Madrid, Spain, and will remain open between 18th of November and 8th of January.

A short version of the film "Books and Clouds" will be shown and publications of our Network will be presented, as well as large panels that will explain their project in which they have been working with a dedication which can only boost this extraordinary fraternal spirit.

From here, our congratulations and gratitude together for Antonio and all who accompany him in this initiative.

We remember Ñaupa

The Community Program for the accompaniment of children with projectable capacities is conceived as a Community Based Rehabilitation program.

It means that we do not have a place for the care of these children, Nor staff on the payroll or  expensive equipment or infrastructure for rehabilitation.

Voluntary coordinators are drivers or multipliers of our proposal; The responsibility for the therapy, rehabilitation, integration, inclusion and improvement of the Juanitos - as we affectionately call children with disabilities - is always in the hands of the family and the community.

The main task of our coordinators is to visit the Juanitos in their homes, define - together with the family - the steps to follow and teach the family the exercises so that the children can find an improvement to their situation.

At the outset, this process is slow and very difficult, as families expect our coordinators - as in all other health and rehabilitation facilities - to take full charge of the therapies. It takes an average of one year until families understand and assume their leading role in this joint effort.

In the meantime, our coordinators have to ingeniously work to show the family that something can be achieved. One of the new attempts of the Community Program is to put a poster in each house with three very specific tasks for the family for a year.

For this, Alfredo Mires -creator of the Ñaupas- helped us with a great and inspiring design. Thank you, Alfredo. We are sure that the wonderful company of the Ñaupas will help the families and children of the Community Program a lot.

Palomo and Salem

Two powerful guardians have joined the family at the headquarters of our Network: Palomo and Salem.

We found Palomo badly wounded and thrown out into the street; we had to call the doctor to help us heal him and he even ended up with a piece of tail amputated.

And Salem migrated from the coast, he almost got altitude sickness, but ended up acclimatizing to the rigors of the cold mountain.

Now they are making the house their own, but there is no mouse that appears within kilometers given the presence of these beasts.

Welcome, brothers!

Raising awarness

One of the concerns of the Community Program - for the accompaniment of children with projectable capacities - of the Network is to promote that children with disabilities can attend schools.

This - fundamentally - is because we believe in the need to have spaces of socialization for these children, places outside the house where they can also feel at ease.

Despite the fact that for many years now, and through the Inclusion Law, the schooling of children with disabilities must be guaranteed, the conditions in schools and colleges for these children are not always favorable.

There is a lot of rejection, both from other students and parents and from some teachers. To help reduce this gap, the Community Program coordinators carry out awareness-raising activities in different educational institutions.

To accompany and strengthen this training process, recently - and as an internal edition - we have produced a brochure that brings together concepts and dynamics on this subject, aiming to promote better treatment for people with projectable capacities.

This material is already in circulation, ready to be provided when requested.

Christmas Carols with Sarah

Congratulations to our friends at Sarah's Rural Library Fund and a sincere thank you for their continued efforts of solidarity.

Sarah's Rural Library Fund has been chosen as the benefactor of 'The Big Christmas Wind Orchestra and Choir' event, which will take place in the city of London on 18th December.

Musicians of all ages and abilities will come together for 3 hours to play Christmas Carols during Spitalfields Christmas Market at Bishop's Square. A great way to generate some Christmas Spirit and raise awareness of our efforts.

In the spirit of the song and the embrace, we are and will be there with you.

At the "Ricardo Palma" Book Fair

Mr. José Carlos Alvariño, Director of National Fairs of the Peruvian Chamber of Books, contacted us to invite us to participate in the Ricardo Palma Book Fair.

Our Central Coordination Committee accepted the invitation and authorized our brother and sister Alfredo Mires (co-founder and Executive Advisor of the Network) and Nanci Huamán (Rural Librarian of the community of Liuchucolpa) to travel on behalf of our organization.

The Fair was held from 21st of October to 6th of November, in the city of Lima. It is one of the oldest book fairs in America that has become a valuable space for national and international involvement in cultural and bibliographic work.

Aside from the talk about our Network of Rural Libraries, which took place on the night of 29th of October, our friends participated in interviews and developed a series of contacts.

Here are a couple of respective links:

Both Nanci and Alfredo have emphasized the hospitality and appreciation with which they were welcomed by the organizers of the Fair, as well as by the dear friends with whom they met in Lima.