If you’ve visited our mission in Chimbote, you’ve met the incomparable Maruja. She was living in a home for women with disabilities founded by Mother Teresa when staff discovered her there. After learning of her situation, they took her in and gave her a home at the mission. She’s been a part of the Friends of Chimbote family for many years; Maruja oversees the kitchen and serves as the honorary House Mother to our mission visitors. If you’re planning a trip to the mission, be sure to ask her about her beautiful hand-made purses and satchels.

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