Happy birthday HOOP! You’ve been “Helping to Overcome Obstacles in Peru” for six years. This is an
important moment for HOOP as well as for the families of the community of Flora
Tristan. For the past 6 years HOOP has been providing programs in areas such as
education, personal finance, health, and self-confidence, all free of charge.
Such a special date required a proper celebration and Hoop’s anniversary party
took place last Sunday at the cancha near the school!
of HOOP staff and volunteers and even the kids helped out by making decorations
for the big party. When the volunteers told the children that HOOP would be celebrating
its anniversary they were so excited and just couldn`t stop smiling in
started to prepare the cancha for the party early in the morning. They brought
tables, chairs, several pieces of decoration, materials for games, and even set
up a huge tent to protect people from the sun.
HOOP volunteers divided the kids into four groups for different games. There was a
sack race, a hula hoop relay race, a cup tower race, and an exciting balloon popping
competition! Simultaneously, the babies and toddlers were with other volunteers
having fun with face painting and drawing activities.
performed four different songs, and the closing performances was a special remix
of the song “Whoomp, there it is!” which was promptly
renamed to “HOOP, there it is”. The performance included rapping, singing,
dancing and acrobatics and kept the whole audience on their feet.
After all these fun activities it was time for the highlight of the day when two of HOOP`s former volunteers, Vicky and Eddy, who
met while volunteering for HOOP, renewed their vows in front of the whole Flora
Tristan community! It was very special to be able to share this moment with
Vicky and Eddy. The whole HOOP team would like to congratulate them once again. May you two have
a life filled with happiness and love!
To finish off this remarkable Sunday
morning, the moms served a typical Peruvian lunch and the newly married couple
served a delicious cake. Yummy! Thanks to all the people that have contributed
to HOOP in its 6 years of history, you have been helping making the dream of a
better life in Flora Tristan come true!