Location: Cusco, Peru

Hola Amigas! Today was another awesome day at Casa Mantay. After an early wake up at 7:30 and a detour on the public bus, we arrived at Casa Mantay, the home for single teenage mothers. We were eager to continue our painting and lively interactions with the kids. We finished painting the main area bright red and started in the upstairs area. After an amazing lunch of spaghetti and meat sauce (cooked by the Lifeworks team and Casa Mantay mothers), we went outside to play volleyball with the Casa Mantay mothers. It was the best part of the day! To be able to spend time with these teens who have experienced so much trauma, was uplifting and tons of fun for everyone. We finished the night with a hilarious game of movie charades that kept us all laughing. Tomorrow is the last day at Casa Mantay; it’s bittersweet to leave these girls and kids who have changed our outlook on community service and dealing with hardship. Hopefully, we have left an imprint our their lives, too.