In November 2005, Lyndal Maxwell, from Australia, and Dr. Martina John founded the first Diospi Suyana kids club. The program is similar to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Under supervision, children learned different skills and crafts, and they sang enthusiastically and heard stories from the Bible. They quickly understood God’s love in their own lives, which gave them value and dignity.
Even if their parents fought at home and they witnessed domestic violence or alcohol abuse, these poor living conditions would no longer dictate their future for the rest of their lives. With God, there was a hope and love specifically for them.
What began as a small group quickly expanded to 40-50 children on the street, because Lyndal´s living room could no longer fit the growing group.
Now, in 2014, there are 11 children’s clubs under the roof of Diospi Suyana. 400 children are educated, encouraged, and supported. The volunteers from abroad as well as many Peruvian colleagues contribute their time and energy in the preparation and implementation of these meetings for the children. In this way, during the last eight years, thousands of boys and girls have been well cared for.
In April 2012, a building housing the Kids Clubs was opened with an inaugural ceremony. Under the design and implementation of Udo Klemenz, a modern infrastructure was built with group rooms, a kitchen, bathrooms, a large green space for games, and a small amphitheater for 100 children.