Our project aims at supporting the families of 80 farmers living 3,600 meters above sea level in the rural community of Miguel de Llacsa, Huanuco, Peru.
This area, like most of the Andean region at that altitude, has extremely harsh living conditions, made more serious by the effects of the climate change. We are raising money to help them in their daily struggle to nourish their children, take care of their health and promote the rights of their community.
WHO ARE WE?
We are three friends in love with Peru. Luis is Peruvian but lives in Belgium and both Silvia and Carolina lived in Peru for extended periods of time, previously working there in the development sector. What binds us together is the fact that we have come to know the Peruvian reality and have become very attached to the country, its people and culture.
When we travelled to remote villages on the top of the Andes and we got in contact with the families living in these areas, we were shocked to see that – if in the city technology and progress have arrived in force – up on the mountains people are struggling simply to nourish their children and keep them warm and safe from respiratory infections which can be lethal at those altitudes. They find it difficult to grow vegetables as the ground has become harder and poorer due to the adverse effects of climate change. We have therefore decided to create this project to support these rural communities and villages in the Peruvian Andes.
TELL ME MORE!
Our project aims at supporting 80 Andean farmers and their families (a total of 320 people). This may sound ambitious for such a small team, but luckily we have excellent connections there. We will work with our Peruvian friends who have direct contact with the local communities and understand their day-to-day needs.
With their help, we will develop the following activities:
- build a greenhouse for reforestation of the area: farmers will learn how to build the infrastructure as well as how to grow native crops which are disappearing;
- build greenhouses where alternative crops will be grown to complement their daily diet, local economy and increase their food security;
- provide training and create health campaigns to raise awareness on preventing illnesses which arise due to changing climate conditions, as well as to increase the overall level of education among community members;
- bring back agricultural traditions and good practices that have been abandoned but should be restored as they could be very beneficial for the farmers;
- train families about production of organic compost which will enrich their fields and help fight against frost;
All these activities and training courses will be provided through group dynamics and peer-to-peer (“de campesino a campesino”) techniques, creating a multiplier effect within the community. We believe in this way that, in a near future, these competences can be transferred as well to neighboring communities.
The farming sector will be an active counterpart and contributor to this project, bringing in their workforce and some construction material. Moreover the project will increase the collective awareness of the community: every member will become more aware of his/her economic, social and cultural rights.
Our local friends are part of an organization which works for and with the rural and indigenous communities. They promote sustainable agriculture and food security through strengthening the leadership of men and women who are part of these communities.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Help us to get started with this first project!
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and we know that each amount - no matter how small - will make a difference on the ground.
All the activities described above will be possible with your help and generosity and through funds raised at cultural events organized in Brussels: Peruvian culture and traditions are extremely rich and we are looking forward to bring a little bit of Peru to Europe, while helping our friends over there.
After the end of this first initiative, we will come back to you with lots of information and pictures of our Peruvian friends from the Miguel de Llacsa community and the activities realized over there.
Please feel free to contact us for more information at this address:
Muchas gracias! Qué les vaya lindo!
Silvia, Carolina & Luis