Past Projects Peru
Here are some of the projects that our volunteers have completed as part of the WYI Overseas Action Programs (OA). The OAP is a team program for 18 - 30 year olds which focuses on community development. Each project aims to build a structure which the community desperately needs, in the areas of Primary Health Care, Income Generation and Education & Training.
June - August
Over 10 weeks, two groups of volunteers worked on two incredible community development projects: a fair trade income generating project to empower the women of Chinchero and a reconstruction project in the earthquake ravaged city of Pisco.
Team Leader: Alex Acworth
- Jane Moon
- Rebecca Lock
- Justin Whyte
- Naomi Ang
- Nicholas McMillan
- Josh Collins
- Tony Athanasiou
- Leiarna Tosto
- Thea O'Keeffe
- Millie Osti
- William James-Martin
Project 1: Income generating project
Half an hour outside of Cusco lies the small village of Chinchero. With stunning views of the Sacred Valley, the Incas and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon, Chinchero is a sight to behold.
Despite this incredible beauty, the people of Chinchero often live below the poverty line. To generate income, many of the women of Chinchero weave shawls using both traditional and ancient techniques. The weaving tradition is passed down from mother to daughter. They then try to sell these vibrant shawls at the market every Sunday.
A small group of local women began the construction of a Weaving Echibition Centre to display and sell their work. Lack of funds and people power however left a half completed structure. Enter the World Youth International volunteers! This team worked on the construction of the centre and made big steps forward towards completing the centre. When complete, the local community will be able to generate income by using the centre for tourists to come and see the whole weaving process; from the llamas, alpacas and sheep grazing in the adjacent paddock, through shearing and spinning the wool, using natural dyes to colour it, and then the weaving process itself. The November OAP will be working to complete the project.
Project 2: Reconstruction project
Pisco, a small community located 15 hours from Cusco, was devastated by an earthquake in 2007. The quake, 8.4 on the Richter scale, devastated the city, killing around 600 people, destroying 80% of homes and leaving thousands of people homeless.
Temporary shelters put up after the quake do not provide any real protection from the elements. Many people are living in tarpaulin tent-like shacks with straw matting for walls and in most communities beyond the main business centre there are no amenities like water, electricity or sewerage systems.
Three members of this team, plus their team leader Alex, worked with local organisation, Pisco Sin Fronteras (Pisco without Borders) to give assistance to those who most need it by helping to build houses, schools, sanitation units and helping with other community based projects.
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