|Richard and Paula Dobson
We live in the “high jungle”
city of Moyobamba, population 50,873
with a mild tropical climate. We met in Moyobamba in April, 1996 and married
in July 1999. The civil ceremony was here in Moyobamba on 20th July
and the church wedding was in Paula’s church in Barranco, Lima.
We are both committed Christians,
believing in the one God who wants to be our friend, and that the only
way we can be his friend is by receiving the forgiveness we need through
Jesus’s death on the cross.
We have two children - Catherine
born on 19th April 2000 and Christopher
born on 22nd March 2002. We are very happy parents and very grateful
to God for these beautiful treasures he has given us.
How did we come to Moyobamba?
Paula came here in 1995
to do her 6 months’ teaching practice in the Annie Soper Christian School
kindergarten as part of her course in the Diego Thomson Institute. With
a bit of encouragement from God (she didn’t want to come back to Moyobamba),
she returned as teacher and coordinator in the kindergarten in April 1996.
Richard spent a year in Lima,
Peru in 1993/4 doing computing work for Ediciones Puma, a small Christian
publishing company. After another year in England he returned to
Peru, but this time to Moyobamba and to teach English with the encouragement
of Dr Apolos Landa and his wife Pilar.
How did we meet?
One of the first classes
Richard started up was aimed at the Annie Soper teachers and Paula was
one of the students. After a while we started playing table tennis
together at the school, putting together five or six desks to make the
table tennis table. With a few trips with friends, it wasn’t long
before our friendship began to flourish...
What do we do here in Moyobamba?
Paula used to teach in the
Annie Soper kindergarten, but took a year off in 2001 to spend more time
looking after Catherine.
In 2002 she started up her
own kindergarten, a dream she has had dating back to when she started to
teach in 1995. It is called "Mis Primeras Huellitas" - which can be translated
as "My First Prints". You can see lots of photos taken there and some information
in Spanish at www.huellitas.com.
Richard started off teaching
English, mainly to adults, but also to children at the Annie Soper school.
His work has changed a bit and is now more varied. He is getting
more involved in computing work – especially web page production and he
supervised the Annie Soper school internet service in 2000. He has links
with the Luke Society clinic
and development work and the school
for children with special needs here in Moyobamba.
Our interests, hobbies and pastimes
for children’s parties.
Sports, especially footballm
karate (and table tennis of course).
Studying new things. She
has recently completed a one year distance course to upgrade her teaching
qualification to a degree, and has now started a second distance learning
degree course for teaching foreign languages (English and French). This
will help her in her visits to England, but is also an area she wants to
give emphasis on at the Huellitas school.
Craftwork, including "stamping"
Languages and travel
I’ve always had a love for
languages and travelling (that’s partly how I arrived here). I studied
French, German and a bit of Latin at school, a bit of Dutch, Hungarian
and Russian later on and then Mandarin Chinese at York University, along
with general linguistics. I’ve visited (or travelled through) most
countries in Western Europe, Russia, Tunisia, China and Peru.
I became interested in photography
when I was 20, starting off with a second hand Zenith E. My topics
for photos vary over time, having included pictures of wildlife, people,
holidays, graduation photos and construction of our house! I sometimes
make cards with the photos, and at the moment I scan quite a few photos
to e-mail to friends. (If you want to be on my mailing list for photos
and aren’t already, send me an e-mail message to let me know.) Post script
- I have just acquired a second hand digital camera - Casio QV-3000EX,
so watch out for more photos!
In the last few years my
photographic energies have been directed principally to web page design,
firstly for small clients (mainly in Peru) but now mainly for web sites
about cities in Peru
Especially volleyball and
table tennis, and more recently karate, mainly to keep fit and active.
Human rights, development
issues and ecology.
I was a member of the university
recycling club, staffed the York Peace Centre from time to time, was an
active member of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers while at
university. I visited the prison here in Moyobamba to teach English
to some of the prisoners from 1996 to 1998. There is a Christian
human rights organisation here called “Paz
y Esperanza” who I will possibly be getting involved with in some way
in the near future. I am also currently working on updating the web site
for the British Association for Fair
Trade Shops (BAFTS).
web pages, working with photos and graphics.
of the family