About Pinife ...
Cerro el Pino is quite dirty and dusty. Illegal human settlements have been built here. The land is not legally theirs, so government services, like running water, garbage pickup, safe roads or electricity, are not available. There is no public transportation so the Sisters must walk up and down the mountain, sometimes several times a day using a series of long staircases which ascend the mountain (see photo on left). The climate in the area is very pleasant, typically hot in the summer, about 90°F (32°C), and mild in the winter, averaging 78°F (26°C).
The Chalice Sponsor Site of Pinife, Peru is located in the community of Cerro El Pino (Pine Hill) in Lima, Peru. Most people in Cerro El Pino live in extremely impoverished conditions. The majority of the adults are illiterate and able to find employment only as casual labourers. Children in this area suffer from extreme malnutrition. The Chalice Sponsor Site of Pinife was opened in the summer of 2008 and is run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. On the third floor of the centre there is a roof where the Sisters are teaching the children hydroponic gardening so they can learn how to grow their own food.
Mission - Pinife
As the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the mission at the Chalice Pinife Sponsor Site is to work for the life and dignity of the lost sheep. We work very closely with Chalice, through the sponsorship program, with the unique purpose of serving children and their families by offering them opportunities to achieve a better standard of living, education, health, nutrition and clothing.
Sponsorship in Pinife
The Chalice Sponsorship Program in Pinife, Peru benefits children in areas such as education, nutrition, and health. It offers children and their families many workshops and recreational activities. Moreover, this Site focuses on the holistic development of sponsored children by giving them an integral formation and protecting their fundamental rights.