My Home in a Lima Shanty Town

The feet of Marisol and Betsabé during tea time at Marina's house. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

The feet of Marisol and Betsabé during tea time at Marina’s house. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

A group brings one of eight house panels up the hill to build a new home for a neighbor. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

A group brings one of eight house panels up the hill to build a new home for a neighbor. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

A neighbor takes a break during the construction of a new home at the community of Nueva Imagen. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

A neighbor takes a break during the construction of a new home at the community of Nueva Imagen. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Jhon contemplates a future in Europe or the USA, as the opportunities in Lima are bleak. In the meantime, he's studying to be a cook.  ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Jhon contemplates a future in Europe or the USA, as the opportunities in Lima are bleak. In the meantime, he’s studying to be a cook. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Kids run after a taxi in a soccer field (formerly a garbage dump), below the nine communities of Nueva Esperanza, or Project Hope. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Kids run after a taxi in a soccer field (formerly a garbage dump), below the nine communities of Nueva Esperanza, or Project Hope. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Children playing in the park of Hacia el Desarrollo, one of the nine communities of Nueva Esperanza. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Children playing in the park of Hacia el Desarrollo, one of the nine communities of Nueva Esperanza. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Water delivery truck fills up containers daily. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Water delivery truck fills up containers daily. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Maria's daughter, Selene, at home with some friends. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Maria’s daughter, Selene, at home with some friends. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Basilia raises chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs, but has to be careful with the giant rats who eat the baby animals. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Basilia raises chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs, but has to be careful with the giant rats who eat the baby animals. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

"I'm grateful for the health of my children," says Marí­a, pictured with her daugher Carmen Rosa, 7, who is disabled and cannot take care of herself. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

“I’m grateful for the health of my children,” says Marí­a, pictured with her daugher Carmen Rosa, 7, who is disabled and cannot take care of herself. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Milagros plays with the one candle in Marina's house. Because she has epilepsy attacks, she's not allowed in school. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Milagros plays with the one candle in Marina’s house. Because she has epilepsy attacks, she’s not allowed in school. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Boy carrying water up to his house from the large container where water is collected daily. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Boy carrying water up to his house from the large container where water is collected daily. ©2009-12 Isaac Hernandez/IsaacHernandez.com

Marí­a's daughter, Magali, mops the front of her mother's house. Marî­a lived in a cardboard home before the community and Love for Peru foundation built her this wood house.

3 thoughts on “My Home in a Lima Shanty Town

  1. Pingback: My Love for Peru | Isaac Hernandez, Photographer Writer Painter Sculptor

  2. Dear Isaac,
    thank you for the touching pictures. Last summer my husband and I came back from a one year trip of cycling in the USA and South America. 6 months alone we spent in Peru and I couldn’t help but falling in love with the country and its people. We also spent quite some time and cycles approx. 1000 km of Peruvian desert passing many shantytowns in the casual pace of a cyclist, having plenty of time to observe. It is impossible to look away and sometimes it broke my heart to keep seeing those desperate yet often proud and friendly people.
    We didn’t have one unfriendly encounter but rather were greeted and blessed along the way by people who had far less that we and deserved so much more.
    Thanks again for the pictures,
    Alexandra Hübner

    • Thank you, Alexandra, for your nice comment. Your trip sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing.
      Best,
      Isaac

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