Elohim means God of Israel, a small Christian school sitting precariously in the dust of the shanty slums towns on the outskirts of Arequippa Peru.
Susi Prescott, an Australian teacher, writer, mother, went in search of meaning, leaving Australia when her marriage broke down after 30 years.
Enduring harsh conditions, she taught in the SOS orphanages in Nepal, volunteered for Abana a small charity establishing a school in Rwanda. No water, electricity, working in mud huts, Susi taught, sang, brought hope to the children… and then she embarked on the greatest journey of her life. Elohim.
The children of the Peruvian shanty towns live without sanitation, limited water, no education, on piles of garbage and rocks, in a world of abuse, alcoholism and violence.
Susi found her calling – working with these children, offering hope and education in this little shanty school.
Elohim’s founder Rose Gil Huaman was born to desperate poverty, her mother illiterate, her father a brutal alcoholic, her home a stone hut with no water of sanitation. She has dedicated her life to giving hope to the children of the dust through creating a haven, a school, called Elohim.
Patricia Roberts Billig an Arequipenan poet also dedicated her life to the children and people offering spirtuality and learning.
I was honoured to launch Susi Prescott’s book ‘The Poet, The Teacher and The Traveller’ in Sydney – about these 3 remarkable women and Elohim.
Rosa the teacher, Patricia Roberts Billig the poet and Susi Prescott the teacher.
My beautiful children – Jamie and his young wife Nadia – asked for gifts of money for their engagement. They sent this money to Elohim which was struggling to remain open. They have begun their life with the gift of charity. I am so proud of them.
I am so proud to know Susi Prescott.
Published by the University ~ Centro de Edicionesm Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequippa Peru.