Project Peru: a short video about aspects of life in our refuge

See https://youtu.be/eYhdBmySgac

This video [about 4 minutes long, with its commentary in Spanish with English sub-titles] was made by the Intrepid Foundation to be shared by its tour leaders and groups visiting Peru: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org

Project Peru is one of the projects it supports on a regular basis. If you look at this link http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/project-peru/ and make a donation on-line the Intrepid Foundation will match that donation dollar for dollar.  [Australian]

Some comments about the film:

"I think the video is fantastic. It gives a really good flavour of life at the refuge as well as the ethos and philosophy behind it. You are right, focusing on the positives of what Project Peru is doing in the lives of these children is a refreshing approach to a charity video. Focusing on what can be achieved through truly caring for these children and giving them back their childhood, which in turn will give them the strength to face adulthood and all the challenges that will bring, presents the key philosophies on which Poject Peru is founded. Well done to you all."

"I absolutely loved the video link of the children at the refuge. It is fantastic...Those children...they just look like they have amazing characters and it was lovely to look at their daily lives."

Some photos taken during the making of the film:

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Posted on 29 June 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Two more houses built for flood victims

In May and June 2017 Project Peru was able to go twice to Paramonga north of our refuge and with two teams of staff, volunteers, family members with local people we were able to complete two simple new houses for people who had lost everything. This sort of community work is only possible for us after generous donations. Do look back at our News items in April to see more on the floods and our reponse.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Building a house for flood victims

 

 Thanks to some more generous donations we have been able to build a small wooden house for a family of the Peruvian flood victims in March. A small team of staff members, family members and one of our volunteers completed this in a few days. We are planning on completing another one soon.

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Posted on 26 June 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Trek the Inca Trail for Project Peru

If you are planning to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or one of the other recommended treks such as the Salkantay trek or the Lares trek why not try to raise some funds through sponsorship to support Peruvian children and to help us with our work in Peru? See more about it on http://projectperu.org.uk/our-work/trekking-past-poverty.htm 

Even if you've already done it and would like to make a donation or get involved in some other way do contact us: gracias!

And if you haven't made your plans yet, do speak to us first.

Email information@projectperu.org.uk

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Walk the Inca Trail for charity

Posted on 09 June 2017 and filed under Opportunities, Events, News from Peru

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.

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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.

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Posted on 21 April 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Sun, sand and Summer

One of our regular activities during the Peruvian Summer is to give the children and staff, and some of their children, a holiday by the sea which is for all of them an unforgettable experience; we are invited to stay near Casma, north of Lima. A good time is always had by all! These are some of their activities and arts and crafts.

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Posted on 03 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru

Fun and games at the refuge

 That's what it seems like at times but even to entertain one child can cost a lot ...and we have over 50! So anything you can do in a variety of ways to support us would be a big bonus! See some options here; http://projectperu.org.uk/fundraising/other-ways-of-giving.htm

We have team games, sports days, football competitions, an 'adventure play' area, a Scout group, bikes and scooters, table top and board games, jigsaws, card games and Scouts, among other activities.

 

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Posted on 02 March 2017 and filed under News from Peru