Esperança is expanding to Peru in 2014 in partnership with indigenous organization, CADEP. Located in the region of Cuzco, we are working to transform the health and quality of life for hundreds of families in the Peruvian highlands.

We work with local government authorities, community leaders, teachers, and families to determine priorities and accomplish our goals. All of our work with the goal of building capacity with the communities, and we prioritize preserving cultural and indigenous traditions.

Close to the city of Cuzco is the well-known attraction, Machu Picchu, and thousands of tourists pass through this city on an annual basis. What many don’t know is that just beyond the city and in the Peruvian highlands lies hundreds of small rural villages with families who live in conditions of extreme poverty on a daily basis. In fact, just to get to some of these villages can take 8-12 hours by car on windy, treacherous roads. Local farmers, mothers, teachers, nurses and government authorities expressed concern for malnourished children, unclean drinking water, and the poor housing conditions that families were living in. Despite this area being one of the top producers for potato, families asked to learn how to plant more fruits and vegetables so that their diet would be better balanced. With the high altitude and mountainous, bare terrain, conditions can be hard to sustain diverse crops.

Our plans for bringing health to the Peruvian people include:

  • Building ecological homes that are safe, environmentally-friendly and decrease risk for disease
  • Training local farmers on using indigenous potato varieties for improved agricultural production
  • Educating families on the prevention of diseases like diarrhea, respiratory infection and other health illnesses that affect local villages
  • Providing clean water sources through water filters and chlorine for each home
TitleCategoryAddressDescription
Museo de Pisco - Cuzco Day 1 - Sunday, May 17th Calle San Agustin 236, Cusco, Peru 12:00 - Lunch
La Posada De Atahualpa - Cuzco Day 1 - Sunday, May 17th La Posada De Atahualpa, Jr. Atahualpa No 405-A, Cusco 84, Peru 16:00 - Presentation at CADEP Office
Cuzco Day 1 - Sunday, May 17th Ayacucho 243, Cusco, Peru 19:00 - Dinner
In Route - Cusco Day 2 - Monday, May 18th Santo Tomás, Peru 6:00 - Leaving to Santo Tomas
In Route Day 2 - Monday, May 18th Santo Tomás, Peru Pit stop for Tea and Soup
Santo Tomas - Arizona Cafe Day 2 - Monday, May 18th Santo Tomás, Peru 13:30 - Arrive in Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas - Surrounding area South of Santo Tomas Day 2 - Monday, May 18th Santo Tomás, Peru 14:30 - Visit the Acclimatized homes and Agricultural projects
Santo Tomas - CADEP Office Day 2 - Monday, May 18th Santo Tomás, Peru 18:00 - Meeting with Community Leaders
Santo Tomas - Arizona Cafe Day 2 - Monday, May 18th Santo Tomás, Peru 19:00 - Dinner
Santo Tomas - CADEP Office Day 3 - Tuesday, May 19th Santo Tomás, Peru 7:00 - Breakfast
Santo Tomas - Community of Challa Challa Day 3 - Tuesday, May 19th Santo Tomás, Peru 9:00 - help make adobe, Help to paint Acclimatized Home, Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas Day 3 - Tuesday, May 19th Santo Tomás, Peru 13:30 - Lunch
Santo Tomas - In Route Day 3 - Tuesday, May 19th Haquira District, Peru 15:00 - Leave to Haquira
Haquira - CADEP House Day 3 - Tuesday, May 19th Haquira District, Peru 18:30 - Dinner
Haquira - CADEP House Day 4 - Wednesday, May 20th Haquira District, Peru 7:00 - Breakfast
Haquira - La Casa de Espera Day 4 - Wednesday, May 20th Haquira District, Peru 8:00 - Visit House of waiting
Haquira - Field Day 4 - Wednesday, May 20th Haquira District, Peru 10:30 - Take part in a potato harvest
Haquira Day 4 - Wednesday, May 20th Haquira District, Peru 13:00 - Lunch
Cuzco Day 4 - Wednesday, May 20th La Posada De Atahualpa, Jr. Atahualpa No 405-A, Cusco 84, Peru 15:00 - Return to Cuzco
Machu Picchu Day 5 - Thursday, May 21st Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru Tours
Machu Picchu Day 6 - Friday, May 22nd Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru Tours
final CADEP meeting - Cuzco Day 7 - Saturday, May 23rd Cuzco, Peru Transportation to the Airport and final CADEP meeting

 

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