Doctors visit the Finca
The Finca del Nino is an orphanage about 4 or 5
kilometers west of town. The first time we were invited
to visit we pictured in our minds a typical orphanage,
with bare walls and rows of impersonal beds in big rooms.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that we had been
mistaken. The philosophy under which the Finca operates
is that each child should live with as close to a real
family as possible. Therefore, they have constructed
several small houses, and in each one lives a married
couple who act as parents to about five orphans and up to
two children of their own.
The orphans are actually adopted by the Finca itself, and
they will remain legal wards and be guaranteed room,
board, and education until the age of 18. The Finca's
school rooms are located on its property and cover all
grades through high school. The need for an accessible
school by the children of the surrounding communities
became apparent after the school started operations.
on an outing to Trujillo
Children from outside the Finca started attending, and
the school currently has a student body made up of about
70 orphans and non-orphans. Besides the
"parents", the staff is made up of its
director, Zulena Pescatore (who has five of her own
children), a nurse midwife, and a small group of North
American volunteers. The grounds are quite extensive,
with plenty of room for children to run around and
entertain themselves, and also boast a small medical
clinic and a chapel (in progress). The Finca is funded in
part by the Catholic church but is constantly busily in
pursuit of supplemental funding.