Help Boris and Yuma Make A New Start
SUMMARY: My friend Boris worked for years as a videographer for an international nonprofit organization. Now on his own, he needs help to buy his own equipment so that he can work in his field and support his wife and two small children.
You’ve heard the adage, “Teach a Man to Fish” and he’ll be able to provide for himself, right? My dear friends Boris and Yuma are skilled professionals who worked alongside me with an international nonprofit organization for 10 years. What adventures we have had!
- We have boarded hand carved canoes to visit remote tribes in Panama.
- We have slept in hammocks in the amazon jungle.
- We have spend LONG hours on buses, boats, trains, planes, vans and jeeps.
- We have gotten food poisoning.
- But most of all, together we told the stories of thousands of people in need.
Boris is a skilled videographer and video editor from Peru. He was fairly new to the craft in 2006 when he was hired by Maranatha Volunteers International to help capture video footage of their projects around the world.
“Working with Maranatha was a wonderful experience. The crew I worked with taught me a lot over the years,” says Boris. “Maranatha gifted me my profession, and I’m so grateful!”
A FAMILY IN SERVICE TO OTHERS
Soon after, Boris married sweet Yuma, a local young woman from Ecuador, and they began traveling together. Yuma learned photography, and was able to assist with lighting and sound on the shoots. Both are hard workers, and good people. They even uprooted and went to live in several different countries for months or years at a time to meet the needs of their employers and serve the Lord.
Many of you have met Boris or Yuma on Maranatha mission projects. They are both quiet, kind, hardworking and helpful. I hope that you are able to send a kind note and a donation to support them today.
LOSING A JOB AND A LIVELIHOOD
When the organization moved focus to a different part of the world Boris and Yuma weren't able to stay on. Not only did they lose the paycheck, but they (of course) returned all the video equipment to the company. Without a professional grade video camera, microphones, batteries, etc, they can’t look for other opportunities to do the work they are so good at.
Boris knows how to “fish.” But he doesn’t have the tools to employ his trade. He hasn’t had work or a paycheck in seven months. Will you chip in to help Boris purchase the equipment he needs to get back to work?
“Here in Peru, if you don’t own a camera, you aren’t a videographer,” says Boris.
The last several months have been a struggle. Boris moved their family of four to Peru to live in his father’s humble home rent-free. Yuma applied for permission to work in Peru, but the process has gone on for months and she still doesn’t have the paperwork. Yuma started crying the last time her paperwork was sent back. Boris has tried to organize professional or tourist events, but hasn’t had success yet.
The only way the family has been able to earn any money is by hanging a cardboard sign in their window and offering to wash people’s clothes. They have a handful of laundry clients and that helps them pay for diapers and a few necessities for their children. But this isn’t a real answer for their future.
FOR THE CHILDREN
Boris and Yuma have two beautiful children: Julieta, 8 years old is shy like her mother. It was quite difficult for her when the family suddenly moved away from all her friends, her school, and her aunts, uncles and grandma. Joaquin is 2 years old and he is the complete opposite. When scolded, he responds by singing!
Boris’ most pressing worry is paying for his daughter’s annual school fee in March. They love Julieta’s new school and don’t want to leave it. The yearly tuition is more than $2,600 and the family just doesn’t have the money to do it. “Where we send our child to school is very important, we chose this school carefully,” says Yuma. “I don’t want to make her change schools again this year. It’s just too hard on her.”
Boris and Yuma are asking for help this year, to send little Julieta back to school on March 4.
After paying her tuition, additional funds will be used to purchase equipment for the family to start their business up again. Boris is looking into working with local clients, as well as providing freelance services for international clients or other mission-oriented organizations.
This couple has spent much of the last 10+ years working to help people in need all over the world. I hope the world can help them in their time of need. Please donate today and help Boris and his family.
Thank you for supporting Boris, Yuma and the children during this difficult transition. I know it is difficult for them to ask, but I also know they will be back serving others as soon as possible!
P.S. You can donate through this platform using Paypal or your credit/debit card. The funds go directly to Boris and Yuma. Thank you for supporting this lovely family!