martes, 30 de noviembre de 2010

LLI's Art Auction is ON!

Start Bidding!!! Beautiful artwork from Sergio Gomez, Barbara Anderson, Javier Chavira, Anna DeVries, John Bakker, Jack Findlay, Marv Van Wyck and MORE!

Be sure to start bidding now-- the auction ends on Saturday, December 4th, at 7:30 PM (Central Time).

Thanks for your support and special thanks to ALL of our contributing artists :) We appreciate it!

lunes, 22 de noviembre de 2010

Field Trips are Great.

LLI has been enjoying the high season for field trips. This past Saturday, LLI took some students (ages 13 and up) to Lima's National Museum, where they learned about the recent history of the Shining Path, a terrorist group that was active in the 1980s and 1990s. Huaycan played an important role in the nation's history during this time. Only one out of the eleven students had been to the museum, so it was a first for so many!

Speaking of firsts, some kids also experienced their first elevator ride :)

After the museum, LLI students had some fun at the Parque de la Reserva, a collection of water fountains in Lima!

Under the water tunnel

Waiting for the big "fountain show" to start!

Once again, thanks to Franzi Weil and Sarah Renkert for coordinating and leading the field trip. Fantastic job!

Published by Lara DeVries, on behalf of Light and Leadership. Visit for more info on how to get involved!

sábado, 20 de noviembre de 2010

It's Something Incredible.

It's big. It's beautiful. It's LLI's new classroom in Zone Z!

Last week, thanks to specially raised funds, LLI purchased a new and much needed classroom space for our English, Art, and Phys. Ed classes in Zone Z of Huaycan. Last Friday, the Board of Directors for Zone Z threw us an inauguration party. After working in Zone Z for more than 18 months, I've come to know this Board quite well. They've offered support to us just as we (LLI) has offered it to them.

Last Friday was something incredible. I love that after a year and a half, I still get that "warm, tingly feeling" after listening to community members thank Light and Leadership for our dedication to their community, specifically to their kids. Their gratefulness is so sincere. Elena, our community contact in Zone Z, told me later, "Lara, I am so happy. Light and Leadership has made this possible and I am so happy."

In addition to being a classroom space for LLI, the Board of Directors of Zone Z will be able to hold meetings in the building. Previously, they had met in the street (the building before was too small for community meetings).

Special thanks to Maura Cato, mother of current LLI's volunteer Tara Cato, for holding an "afternoon tea" fundraiser in Australia to support the purchase of this building. LLI's support is growing internationally, THANKS!

View of the outside of the building.

Volunteers Christine and Franzi with Zone Z Board Members at the Inauguration

Some of the Zone Z Board Members and Lara DeVries in front of the previous building.

Published by Lara DeVries, Light and Leadership Initiative. Photos provided by Lara DeVries and Sarah Renkert. Visit for more information.

lunes, 15 de noviembre de 2010

LLI's Art Auction Returns!!!

It's baaaack! LLI's Art Auction begins November 26th at midnight. Featuring works from Sergio Gomez (pictured, "The Road III"), Jenny Vrieze, Ron Lavery, Liz Popp, Gina Rende, Michael Ruback, Anna DeVries, Dan Diephouse, Steve and Julane Bellin, and Karen Gross!

Check out our online preview and get ready to bid on November 26, 2010 (auction held through eBay)! Auction concludes at the Alpaca Party, a fundraiser for LLI, on Saturday, December 4th. Interested in attending the party? Contact for more information.

Bid, Bid, Bid! :)

lunes, 8 de noviembre de 2010

Whoa! Volunteer in Peru AND Paid Airfare?!

Looking to gain experience in the non-profit world? Speak excellent Spanish and want to volunteer abroad? BE LLI'S HOUSE MANAGER!

The Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI) is offering a unique and incredible opportunity to the right individual. We are seeking a House Manager for our volunteer headquarters in Huaycan, Peru, a poor community on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The ideal candidate should:

• Be able to work in a team or independently
• Be able to adapt to new situations and living environments
• Enjoy working with people from different cultures and backgrounds
• Be an excellent problem solver, especially with cross-cultural situations
• Be organized and responsible
• Be fluent in English and have advanced Spanish skills
• Previous managerial experience is a plus, but not required
• Previous experience living abroad is a plus, specifically in Lima a MAJOR plus
• Commit at least one year to working in Huaycan with LLI
• Have an interest in working with a grassroots nonprofit and making a difference!

The House Manager position consists of the following responsibilities:

• Develop awareness of volunteer concerns and needs
• Run errands for the volunteer house (Including market shopping)
• Complete volunteer airport pickups
• Prepare volunteer rooms for new arrivals
• Plan and carry out volunteer activities and excursions.
• Assist the Director with new volunteer orientation
• Assist the Director with program/volunteer coordination
• Manage household expense receipts
• Encourage and promote constant communication between volunteers, staff members, and Board Members
• Assist the Directors with weekly volunteer meetings
• Manage post-volunteer surveys
• Other duties as assigned

Light and Leadership also will offer the House Manager the following benefits:

• Free room and board in the volunteer headquarters in Huaycan, Peru
• Round Trip Airfare from the US, Canada or Europe to Lima, Peru
• Transportation costs for Light and Leadership activities
• 2 weeks vacation; two days off a week.

Interested? Please send cover letter and resume to Lara DeVries, Executive Director of the Light and Leadership Initiative, at

Please, only serious applicants need apply. Must be available for one year AND speak Spanish. This is not a paid position.

lunes, 1 de noviembre de 2010

Salta, Salta! LLI's First Ever Jump Rope Contest

Light and Leadership held its first jump rope contest this past Saturday, October 30th. Twenty-one kids came out to participate in four different categories: Speed (how many jumps in one minute), Accuracy (how many jumps before making a mistake), performance (one minute to impress the judges!), and a group jump. Kids came from all over-- Zones Z, D, and I all participated!

Check out the photos below to see the day's activities and the four winners!

Yoshiro, jumping towards victory.

Anabella-- focused. With giggles.

Nicol, mid-action.

Yordy, giving his best "performance" in front of the judges and crowd.

Group jump!

Rafael... happily showing off his Certificate of Participation. Good job, amigo.

The winners! Yoshiro (speed), Axel (group jump), Jorge (performance) and Nayely (accuracy). Excellent job, kids! We are so proud :)

As always, special thanks to our volunteers: Franzi Weil, Adam Hettler, Melissa Fulton, Christine Garcia, Tara Cato, and Sarah Renkert for making this a great success!

Published by Lara DeVries, Light and Leadership Initiative. Visit