We are delighted to announce that on Thursday, September 22, we finalized the purchase of our third home — the first for girls. The home will be named Casa Teresa in honor of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
The home is at 173 Mariano Moreno in Brena, Lima (Try that on Google Earth) and features nine bedrooms, four bathrooms and a patio at the rear of the property. Unlike the previous two homes, Casa Teresa requires no immediate renovations. In fact, portions of it were recently painted to make ready for sale.
Over the next few months, Paul and Asociacion Casa Javier(our sister board in Peru) will secure furniture and appliances and identify suitable “house parents” with hopes of inviting the first girls to the home early in 2012, toward the end Peru’s summer and in time for the beginning of the new school year.
Eventually, the garage will be renovated into a storefront office for ACJ.
While the first two homes, Casa Javier and Casa Ignacio, was funded entirely by donors to the Paul Lammermeier Foundation, Casa Teresa was a collaboration between Asociacion Casa Javier(ACJ), which contributed $ 22,000, Boys Hope Girl Hope International(BHGH) which contributed $ 94,000, and the Paul Lammermeier Foundation(PLF) which contributed $ 164,000. We hope to gain the support of girls high school in Cincinnati and Cleveland to assist with ongoing operational funding, just as Casas Javier and Ignacio have been supported primarily by alumni of St. Xavier (Cincinnati) and St. Ignatius (Cleveland) respectively.
The PLF owns the house, and Paul Lammermeier and ACJ will be responsible for daily operations. Consorcio Xavier, a combined board with members from PLF, ACJ, and BHGH, will meet annually to make strategic recommendations to be considered by PLF and ACJ.
Our special thanks go to Gaston Manrique, ACJ President, whose is an attorney, Jim Keane (St. Xavier, ’79) who also is an attorney, and Roxana Davis, a translator. Gaston, Jim, and Roxana volunteered countless hours to ensure that all documentation was in order and approved by the Peruvian Consulate in Chicago and by the appropriate governmental agencies, both federal and local, in Peru.
And finally, Thanks to all who have been supporting this mission with donations of time, treasure, and talent. Truly, “la manu de Dios”(the hand of God) is working through many.