Our final moments with Mayra were spent in Lima, sharing lunch together at a local Peruvian restaurant.
The food was great and with Natalia’s translating it was easy to converse with Mayra and her mother. All day long, Dionysia kept saying, “We never thought anything like this would ever happen to us.”
We walked around a little together — enjoying the scenery.
Then, as a special treat, we took Mayra and her mother shopping at the grocery store. They were allowed to choose whatever they wanted from the shelves, within a certain limit.
They had no trouble making practical choices — rice, beans, yogurt, grains, juice, cooking oil, canned meat. They actually underspent the amount we suggested, so we let Mayra choose some jewelry at another store nearby. I really loved doing this for them and again, Dionysia said, “We never thought anything like this would ever happen to us!”
After this we had to go separate ways, with the promise of writing soon and sending photos. But I’ll never forget this wonderful day with an amazing and beautiful young lady, Mayra. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to support her through Compassion’s child sponsorship program. If you’d like to sponsor a child, check out some of the available children here.