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  • Community – Peru

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    Never try to take a cab in downtown Lima,Peru’s capital, on October 18! You will be stuck for the rest of the day because of the millions of people who fill up the streets to celebrate the Lord of the Miracles, the most popular religious icon in the country. No other event can mobilize so many people; not even national soccer matches or political elections. It has even been claimed that the procession of the Lord of the Miracles is the religious event inLatin Americathat gathers the largest … [Read More...]

    Restrictions almost ruined our Pisco

    US restrictions almost ruined the traditional drink of Peru: Of all the potent potables knocked flat by Prohibition, none has taken longer to climb back up to the bar as pisco, the clear, brandy-like Peruvian liquor. For a half-century before the Noble Experiment, it dominated the West Coast drinking scene; picked up by California-bound sailors after rounding Cape Horn, it practically built San Francisco, whose bars overflowed with sours, punches and shot after shot of straight pisco. Yet by … [Read More...]

    Young apprentice rider from Peru prepares to emigrate to the United States

    New York may soon be home to a young apprentice rider hailing from Peru as  16-year-old Martin Chuan prepares to emigrate to the United States. Agent Roger  Sutton expects to take Chuan's book when he arrives in this country, which  Sutton hopes will be ahead of opening day at Saratoga on July 20, though no  firm  arrangements have been made. Chuan graduated from La Escuela de Jinetes Jorge Bernardini Yori and rode his  first race on January 24, 2012, at Hipodromo de Monterrico in the … [Read More...]

    “Four days less for every book they read”,

    Brazil will offer inmates in its crowded federal penitentiary system a novel way to shorten their sentences: four days less for every book they read. Inmates in four federal prisons holding some of Brazil's most notorious criminals will be able to read up to 12 works of literature, philosophy, science or classics to trim a maximum 48 days off their sentence each year, the government announced. Prisoners will have up to four weeks to read each book and write an essay which must "make correct … [Read More...]

    How It All Started

    Welcome to! My name is Scott Jeppesen and I am the founder of the organization.  Sonrisas en Peru (or Smiles in Peru in Spanish) was created to bring assistance to the rural poor in Peru, particularly in the area of schooling which, sadly, receives little or no funding from the government. This is achieved through donations, receiving care packages of books, writing supplies, clothes and other resources, as well as internet sales of traditional Peruvian goods such as … [Read More...]

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