About Us

Our Story

When Cristian Johnston returned to Aldea orphanage ---his home before his adoption in 2000 --- he began a personal quest to enrich the lives of children at Aldea. The Peruvian Outreach Project was launched in 2018 and was supported and encouraged by the Orchard Park Friends Meeting. Positive results from the work done by Cristian and others at the Aldea orphanage in the San Martin Distict of Peru, led to the incorporation of the Peruvian Outreach Project (POP) as a non-profit organization in New York State on 2/25/2020 and now holds 501(3)(c) status. 

The COVID-19 pandemic directed POP priorities to apply funds to open an on-site medical clinic for children and staff to receive timely treatment. Our organization has also renovated the bakery at Aldea which now makes fresh bread twice weekly and pizza monthly for the children.We provide for the delivery of food donations from local vendors to the orphanage; nutrition has improved!  Productive vegetable gardens and a flower garden were planted by POP for the Aldea community. Work continues, and your support is appreciated and welcome!

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We Believe

that a single action can make a difference in a community

and that collective action can greatly impact our world.

Our Mission at The Peruvian Outreach Project is hope and compassion

through work that enhances the lives of others.

               Board of Directors

 

President Cristian Johnston

Was inspired to create the Peruvian Outreach Project, Inc. after a brief visit in 2018 to the orphanage from which he was adopted as a young child. Cristian spent months volunteering at Aldea Infantil Virgen del Pilar in Tarapoto, Peru. He is well loved by the children and staff for his hard work and devotion on their behalf. Currently, Cristian is completing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services focusing on non-profit development. At home in Corfu, New York, Cristian works for the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

 

Vice President Julie Christiano  

Lives in Buffalo, New York. She was a teacher with the Buffalo Public School System for over 35 years and retired in 2015. She has worked with several non-profits before and since retirement ( Food Shuttle of WNY and PFLAG Buffalo/Niagara). She worked with Peruvian Outreach Project on its fundraising committee this past year. She has been supporting POP since its inception and look forward to working with POP in the future and seeing its impact grow.

Secretary Rosita W

Rosita Waltz-Rieber is currently an undergraduate at University at Buffalo studying accounting and hopes to get her CPA. She is a board member on the Puerivan Outreach Project as of 2022. She was born in Bolivia but was adopted and raised in the states. She looks forward in being involved and helping the Puerivan Outreach Project achieve their goals of helping the younger generation in Peru.

Treasurer Kathleen Houlihan 

Holds a MS in Education of Culturally and Linguistically Different Students and has taught all levels of Bilingual Special Education and English as a New Language in public schools in Buffalo, New York for 32 years. Kathleen chaired a Bilingual Committee on Special Education and Student Support; she has spent her career working with immigrant and refugee children and their families. Kathleen’s  connection with Peru began in 1978 as an exchange student in the city of Trujillo. She and her family have traveled extensively in South America--especially in Peru--and both of her children were adopted from Peru. Kathy finds great reward in utilizing relationships built over many years to benefit the children and youth of Peru.

Board Members

 

Mary Klaus

Supported the formation of POP in 2018 and  joined the Peruvian Outreach Project board in 2020.  Mary is a retired Special Education teacher of 30 years. Her personal goal is to keep the ‘attitude of gratitude’ growing and to work with a community of donors to provide basic needs and education for the children at Aldea Infantil Virgen del Pilar in Tarapoto, Peru.

 

Eric Pfalzer

Is a senior at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, New York, where he has  been involved with environmental and Spanish clubs. During the summer of 2019, Eric traveled  to Antique, Guatemala and volunteered at an orphanage. Eric’s experience  sparked his interest in  service work in Central and South America; he joined the Peruvian Outreach Project (POP) in 2020.  Eric looks forward to seeing POP grow.

Charlotte Tahk

Is a retired Science teacher with a PhD in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Elementary Education. Tay grew up in an  internationally oriented family and has long had an interest in helping young people in other countries. She has been on the Board of Crossroads Springs Africa, a nonprofit assisting students in Western Kenya,  since its founding in 2004.  Tay understands the importance of education and care for young people and believes that the next generation will change the world. 

Rosita Johnston Alvan 

Is a board member annd a native of Tarapoto, Peru and the Manager of the Hogar Hermelinda Home for Young Women Project.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the  National University of Peru in Tarapoto.  She has an extensive history with the Aldea Infantil Virgen del Pilar and has many  valuable connections in Tarapoto.  She is an integral part of our team in Peru as well as here in the United States

Barbara Delano

​​Barbara Delano lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Craig. Craig and Kathy Houlihan’s husband Dan met in college, allowing Barbara the pleasure of watching Cristian and Gabriel grow up. Barbara’s love for them and her passion for the education of young women propelled her to support POP as a board member.

Barbara earned a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication. She worked for twenty-five years in corporate education for large organizations, including IBM and the Coca-Cola Company.