“Our Commitment to Socially Responsible Tourism”
In many areas of the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash there are families and children living in poor conditions, with very basic housing, no medical care, many hours walk from the closest school or village, inadequate diet, and no available cash to buy clothes, school books and pens.
In 2006 Peruvian Andes Adventures has started a fund to aid some of the poorer communities in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash.
Each year Peruvian Andes Adventures will donate a percentage of trek profits towards the fund, and also donations from clients are very welcome.
Generous Client Donations To Peru Community Aid:
In 2006 the fund was started with a very generous donation of US0 from Peter and Mariane Tanner from Switzerland, and we have received further generous donations from:
Peru Trekking & Climbing / Peruvian Andes Adventures has contributed:
Funds will be used to purchase warm clothes for children in the poorest communities and to supply notebooks, pens and pencils for the schools. Many of these families do not have the cash to buy new, warm clothes or school supplies for their children.
At the termination of the trekking season, we will travel with some of our key staff to the visit the communities we have chosen to help this year to distribute clothes and school equipment to those who need help the most.
In January 2007 we visited a local community in the Shongo Valley that is on the Olleros to Chavin trekking route. Families and children here live in very poor conditions, with very basic housing, in many cases no schooling and no health care. We distributed 30 fleece jackets and a large quantity of school supplies to children there.
In November 2007 we visited the village of Huarca in the Cordillera Blanca. Huarca is a small village situated at 3700m at the foot of Huandoy mountain. It has a population of around 500 people living in scattered small houses and the principle means of earning a living is from subsistence farming on small marginally economic farm plots. The village is away from the trekking routes and so does not receive any income or benefits from tourism.
We donated good quality fleece suits with jackets and trousers to 130 school children in the area.
This year we are going to do something different and are proposing to build 2 decent toilets at the campsite at Laguna Jahuacocha in the Cordillera Huayhuash.
Presently there are almost no toilet facilities in the Cordillera Huayhuash campsites. Clean toilet facilities will help keep campsites & the surrounds clean and uncontaminated, benefiting local communities who live there and maintaining the reputation of the area with foreign tourists.
The toilets will be modelled on the “long drop”� toilet that has been successfully used in the National Parks in New Zealand. They are sturdy, durable, easy to construct and easy to keep clean.
We will soon be visiting the community leaders at Laguna Jahuacocha to solicit their support for this project and also to obtain their agreement to maintain the toilets and keep them clean, and we hope be building 2 toilets there in around February 2009 when the weather is a little more settled.
And … here they are!
Our friends from the USA Rosalie Hilburn, Nancy Rathe , their other friends and members of the Federal Way Lions Club along with Mark Jedlinski showed extreme generousity in fundraising and accumulating a substantial sum of money which they donated to form the basis of an Education Fund for our delightful young Josue
Josue helped as a porter during a trek with this group in 2007 and they were impressed by his responsible attitude and helpfulness, something quite unusual in a young 17 year old.
Josue has burning ambition to study, gain tertiary qualifications and hopefully later join the police force, but he lacked the necessary funds to undertake his studies.
Josue comes from a village where there are limited educational and work opportunities and his Dad recently passed away. Josue wishes to obtain a career which will enable him to help out his mum and younger sister & nieces who also live with Josue’s mum.
The extreme kindness of this group of friends will enable Josue to fulfil his ambition and enrol & complete his tertiary studies.
In August Nancy was back in Huaraz and we had a small celebration where Nancy presented the donation to Josue and his happy mum.
Funds donated by Peruvian Andes Adventures and donations received from clients are accounted for in a separate fund and records are available for inspection, and we will have photos from our visits to the local communities each year.
With our community aid project through tourism, together we make a difference to the families in the Peruvian Andes.
To give you an idea of how far even a modest donation will go to help some disadvantaged children:
US$100 can buy: *12 excellent quality warm and durable fleece jackets or 550 pens or 120 notebooks.
Contact Anne for more information on how you can be a part of our Community Aid Projects making a real difference during your Trek in Peru.