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March 10, 2008

PROMISES and other news (continued from home page)

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NEWS ITEMS: March 2008 – PROMISES: A Party with a Purpose – The long-awaited news has arrived – We are hosting another concert at Don Ho’s, Saturday, March 29. This show promises to be as happening as the last, with some of our most dedicated supporters, Pimpbot, Büsekrüs and Awry By Design entertaining us with their musical talents. We are also having for the first time, Breaking The Innocent, who are doing more than just playing – the band is also providing the entire sound system as well as running the board all night. Much thanks to Steve and the guys for taking care of this huge job for us. Their drummer, Larry, will also be filming the event for our archives and for the website. We are looking forward to having that available for our beneficiaries in Peru to see online!

We are also going to have as our openers “Na Kane O Hawaii” a very talented trio from Castle High School who are making progress in the Hawaiian music. These young men have a very successful future ahead of them from what we hear (pun intended).

Throughout the night, Guest DJ Fernando “The Love Machine” will keep things moving with his signature antics and Latin music collection. We will also have a merchandise and info table, staffed by our volunteers. The merchandise will include hand-made Peruvian jewelry, our Hawaii Music Award-nominated compilation CD “One Life At a Time” and a few other items for sale. We will also have door prizes and raffle items from The 808 Scene Zine, 808 Shows, 808 Tattoo, Quality Transmission, Jelly’s Aiea, Oasis Skateboards, as well as fine and costume jewelry. A few of the bands will also have some of their merchandise for sale. Please make sure to support them as well. There are a few surprises in the wings, so don’t miss this party!

The funds raised at the concert will continue to support our efforts in Peru. Presli has been selected for further surgery this summer by Rotaplast International. Dr. Capozzi has taken a special interest in Presli and we are grateful for his efforts. Merardo continues to need medications and bandages, as well as nutritional support for his disorder. Elaine Binkley has also been working behind the scenes on the East Coast, gathering more Kerlix and other hard-to-find items to deliver to Merardo on her return trip to Huancayo, Peru later this year.

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NEW PROJECT – We are also excited to announce that we, along with our affiliates the Andean Outreach Project (AOP), are going to sponsor Peru Luz de Esperanza’s efforts to create a school/community center to serve the 5 villages in the Andes where they currently have educational programs for both children and adults.

PLE’s schools already provide classes in reading, math, science, history, crafts, geography, Spanish, English and other subjects. The ‘schools’ are run entirely by PLE’s volunteer staff, which includes locals and international travelers as well. The older children also join the adults in courses in knitting, sewing, crafting, construction, carpentry, masonry, baking, animal husbandry, gardening and the many other skills brought to he program by the volunteers. The children’s program is mostly run in the afternoons to provide a chance for the children who work in the factories and farms to get an education, despite having to work as young as the age of 6 to help their families.

All of the programs that PLE provides are free-of-charge to the participants. These programs are sustained solely by the contributions of the volunteers and their affiliated organizations. The classes are held in borrowed facilities, often with no flooring, desks, or water-proof roofing, much less having books, pencils, paper and other supplies which we take for granted. Our goal this year is to help PLE purchase the property necessary to create their own permanent campus, which will include a day care, classrooms, a weaving room, a soup kitchen, a library, a mini-museum of their Incan and Spanish history, and an office to coordinate their programs.

AOP is also working with architects in the Bay Area to create a building plan that will be both “green” and at least partially self-sustaining. Once these plans have been finalized, the funds will need to be in place, through fund-raising and grants, to break ground and begin building a more comfortable, safe and fun learning environment for PLE’s participants.

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