Celebrating Twelve Years
A recap of our anniversary celebration.
December 13, 2016 - Peru
Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian dish is derived from two Quecha words. Pacha means, “earth” and manca means, “pot.” This meal is cooked on hot stones in a hole in the ground, then covered with banana leaves, plastic, and earth to seal in the heat. This process starts early in the morning so that it will be ready to enjoy by lunchtime. While the recipe and method for preparing pachamanca will vary, it traditionally comes with spiced meat and vegetables.
For NPH Peru’s twelfth anniversary, we invited all our staff and their families to come celebrate with us. Our morning began with mass and then games to work up an appetite for pachamanca. Chicken, pork, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lima beans, and a pot of cheese were all cooked underground. When it was finally time for lunch we peeled away the layers of dirt, plastic, and banana leaves to reveal juicy meat, bubbling cheese, and beautifully roasted potatoes. Grace was given by a special visitor, the Bishop, and it was time to dig in! Once bellies were full and our NPH family prayer was finished, we had some time to let our food settle. Even though we are now in the summer months in Peru, we still played volleyball and soccer outside under the hot sun. We finished celebrating our anniversary by watching a movie under the stars.
Celebrating our home is the opportunity to reflect and to see how much we have grown over the years. We made our way from Cajamarca to Lunahuana and then finally to the town of Cañete, where we are currently located. Our kids who were among the first to arrive to the home are now finishing their studies or close to it. It was just last year that we had our very first university graduate and now we have three more this year. On the day or our twelfth anniversary, it is easy to say that even though our bellies were full, our hearts were even fuller.