When Francisco and Glennys Sabuco visited Peru in February 2010, they had no idea the trip would lead to developing a nonprofit organization. Francisco was a recently-retired water treatment operator and Glennys a special education teacher. They were visiting Francisco's family, whom he hadn't seen since 1994.
Francisco's sister, Maria, lives in San Ramon, in the beautiful province of Chanchamayo, gateway to the central jungle. She told Glennys about the San Manuelito School for children with severe disabilities, located in San Ramon. Glennys immediately wanted to see it and was deeply touched by the visit. It's the only school for children with disabilities in a large area. The children were out of school for their summer vacation (their seasons are opposite ours) and she was shocked by the lack of materials and supplies. The only wheelchair was made of bicycle wheels and a lawnchair seat.
Francisco and Glennys returned home and made plans to return. They've now been in Peru eight times in seven years, have realized that serving these children is their mission in retirement, and have added one other school and two early intervention infant-toddler programs. Their concept of what they are doing has evolved and continues to evolve as they add new programs and projects. This is what Glennys says:
The first trip, I was a tourist, meeting my husband's family for the first time. The second time, I went as a special education teacher, deeply aware of the inequity of supplies and resources in my classroom and the classrooms of the hardworking, passionate, amazing teachers I met at San Manuelito, who have since become dear friends. And now this is our mission, our calling, what we have to do, what we are blessed to be able to do.
We express deepest gratitude to everyone who has helped us; friends, family, co-workers, people we don't even know. Muchas gracias, Amigos.
Who We Are
FranciscoSabuco– President, West Jordan, UT, native Peruvian, water treatment operator, retired
GlennysSabuco– Secretary-Treasurer, West Jordan, UT, special education teacher, retired