Head of School Christian Bigalke and his pupils bring a special message
Lima’s Regatta Club stands in marked contrast to the rest of the Peruvian people. The sky-high new member admission fee ensures that normal mortals can only glance shyly through the security fence; they won’t be granted admission. But what connection does Diospi Suyana, the mission for the poor Quechua-Indians living in the Andes, have with this oasis for the high society? Christian Bigalke answers:
“Last Tuesday two pupils, the parent representatives and I as head of school presented our school to a privileged audience, Lima’s Regatta Club. Last October a family whose ancestors lived in Apurímac planned to visit the country of their forebears. Their journey started in Andahuaylas where they saw the land belonging to their late parents. Their desire to be involved socially led them to visit Diospi Suyana’s mission station. Steven de Jager showed them round the missionary hospital and the school. They were so impressed that they left the compound promising: “We will support this work in the future!”
A week later this family connected Christian Bigalke with Dr Alfredo Guzmán, the Regatta Club’s president – himself a gynaecologist – who knew about the Hospital Diospi Suyana. Not long afterwards a team of reporters were sent with a mission: fill three pages of the Club’s regular journal with information about the school project (see the article below).
Last Tuesday an information evening about Diospi Suyana was held in one of the club’s fine rooms. Head of school Christian Bigalke took his audience into a world that surely seemed alien to those present, since the life circumstances of the Andean inhabitants is marked by poverty, illness and hopelessness.
Two 10th grade pupils and their parents described the positive changes that the presence of Diospi Suyana has brought about in the Curahuasi District.
Yanina and Giuliana stood confidently in front of the invited guests.
They spoke freely about their everyday lives in their humble homes, told about the learning progress they have made, publicly thanked their patrons and made the following statement: “Peru must turn back to God in order to experience a deep, positive transformation.” Furthermore, they criticised the omnipresent corruption that leads to injustice and hinders the region’s development.
That evening good news reached us: the Club’s ladies’ committee (Comité de Damas) decided to sponsor 10 pupils for one year: all of them live in the mountain village Totoray-Solvario, located 18km away.
The school’s management had hoped that the club – that has enormous possibilities – would participate in financially supporting the current new-build of the kindergarten. We hope that they will fulfill this wish! Nevertheless, the event gave us a special opportunity to speak about our faith: God loves everyone, from the richest to the poorest in any society. One day all of us must give an account of our lives to God.”