We do our best to be self sufficient

We do our best to be self sufficient but we have many mouths to feed!

One of our most popular and successful crops in our kitchen garden is yuca.

This is a crop that originated in the Americas but is now grown mostly in Africa where it is also known as cassava, manioc or arrowroot. It is used among other things to make delicious yuca chips, flour and tapioca. Its tuberous root is an important world source of carbohydrates and is gluten free, though it does contain  arsenic.

The children at the refuge are always keen to join in the yuca harvest!

Also see http://projectperu.org.uk/about-peru/flora.htm

and http://projectperu.org.uk/our-work/a-secret-garden-in-the-shanty-towns.htm

Posted on 28 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Flooding in the desert

To make a donation please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/projectperu; we will ensure that any such donation goes to help flood victims. Without the additional funds we may not be able to do this.

As usual it is the most vulnerable and the most marginalised who are the most affected.

In March 2017 there has been massive flooding from the rivers in the Peruvian coastal desert from north to south due to excessive rain in the sierra. The sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Peru caused the deadliest downpours in a decade. The flooding is expected to continue for several more weeks. Peru's devastating crisis has led to at least 85 deaths and more than 13,000 people homes have collapsed with a further 14,000 currently uninhabitable. 195 bridges have collapsed and 2000 miles of roads destroyed. [estimated figures as at 26.3.17]. Landslides contaminated water treatment plants leaving parts of Lima without drinking water. Schools have been closed. Roads being cut off by landslides have caused scarcities of food and unsustainable price rises.

https://www.peruthisweek.com/news-perus-situation-through-images-111426

https://www.youtube.com/watchv=r6WdGaVY9oM

At short notice and in response to the state of emergency everyone in our Project Peru refuge contributed to load a car with water, food, toys for the children, clothes and more, which they took to Huarmey, in the Ancash region north of Lima, which was badly affected and had had very little help.

http://efe.com/efe/english/life/peruvian-town-of huarmey-enduring-heavy-flooding/50000263-3215847

Luckily our own refuge is not near a river and we had taken precautions two years ago to prevent any major damage to our own buildings, particularly our dining room, and to some of the buildings in the shanty-towns near us:

http://projectperu.org.uk/news/2014/12/10/el-nino-2014.htm

http://projectperu.org.uk/news/2015/02/16/a-rain-proof-roof.htm

Posted on 22 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Project Peru helping out with the floods

This is Huarmey probably at it's worst..at least, so far.

At short notice and in response to the state of emergency everyone in our Project Peru refuge contributed, the children helped to load up a car with food, water, toys for the children and more which some of the staff took to Huarmey in the Ancash region north of Lima, which was badly affected [as well as so many other areas], and which had had very little help.

Continue reading Project Peru helping out with the floods

Posted on 21 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru

More help for flood victims

Thanks to some generous donations Project Peru has been able to make a second trip to the north of where we are situated, to two isolated communities, one near Supe and the other near Paramonga; one was like a ghost community as the landslides had flattened everything and there were just a few people left, with nowhere to go. In the other place the roads were all dried mud and the houses of adobe and reed matting ['esteras'] had been crushed. Using our local social work contacts there we were able to donate bottled water, basic dried food, clothing, blankets and toys to some of those still most in need. We also have plans to build small houses for some elderly ladies who have been identified as particularly vulnerable and devastated by losing their homes; it doesn't solve the whole problem but every little helps. Meanwhile we also need to keep our refuge 'afloat', though fortunately we have not had any direct flood damage ourselves.

Please refer to our previous News items on the 2017 floods in Peru.

Continue reading More help for flood victims

Posted on 21 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru