Las Laderas

The area of Las Laderas de Chillon is one of extreme poverty. This area is the main but not the only focus for our work in the wider community. Las Laderas is one of the nearby communities from which several of our children come, and we work in close collaboration with the local parish and the social worker there. We have provided employment for several people in Las Laderas, both in our refuge and in the building projects we have funded. Women's groups here also provide crafts items for sale by Project Peru in the UK. All of this is additional to our 'core' task of providing for our refuge in Zapallal.

Over the past few years a number of our volunteers have given their time helping out in the local nursery school or in the various community or 'soup kitchens' in Las Laderas.

 A brief description of the workshops making crafts and cards in Las Laderas

The workshop started up in the parish in about 1997 as a response to the needs of two specific groups: young people without the financial resources to continue their studies, and single mothers who had to help their families with their basic needs. This workshop is very important as a real means of support in the face of the lack of employment opportunities in Peru. Over the years the project has really helped the many people who have participated. In 2012 there were nine young people and single mothers in the group and they draw on their own experience of Peruvian culture; for example the Christmas cards reflect Peru's indigenous culture in the choice of landscapes, clothes and animals. The cards are made in stages by the group so that everyone can contribute according to their ability.

The photos show both the workshops which make the cards and also those where various bags and other crafts are made. Project Peru supports this group by buying their crafts for sale on our craft stalls in the UK.

Also see http://projectperu.org.uk/uk-activities/craft-sales/las-laderas-christmas-cards.htm
and http://projectperu.org.uk/uk-activities/craft-sales/las-laderas-greeting-cards.htm

Some of Project Peru's short-term building projects in Las Laderas

[See some of the photos in the 'Leeds to Lima' section below ]

Building an emergency centre used as a residential facility and as a drop in centre and a facility for older people

Expanding an existing nursery [huahuahuasi]

Building a new community dining room [comedor]  and nursery [huahuahuasi] 

Building a house for one of 'our' families from the refuge

Building a new therapeutic centre to replace an existing one

Building thirty new wooden houses to give improved shelter to families at risk, including new arrivals ...This reached a total of 100 houses by 2017

Leeds to Lima 

Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University both established relationships with Project Peru between 2006 and 2010 and several individuals have continued their involvement with us since. In close collaboration with Project Peru the students raised funds in the UK both collectively and individually, including through sponsored activities and events. Most also walked the Inca Trail to raise funds. During these years the groups of students stayed at the Project Peru children's home (in Zapallal) for approximately one month each. They were involved both in activities with the children there, and also Project Peru directed the funding they had raised for them to work on actually doing some of the building for the various projects we had identified in Las Laderas as listed above. Some of their activities are shown below.

 

Another Leeds Met University group raised funds in 2009-10 for the construction of a therapeutic centre for disabled children in Las Laderas de Chillon. In September 2010 we started to build this centre to replace the existing building, to provide day-care facilities for over 80 children, some disabled and some with learning difficulties. As in the previous year this university selected a group of volunteers who raised funds to enable us to start this project. Nine Leeds Met students successfully raised funds through a variety of activities, stayed nearly a month at the project, working with a team of local builders, successfully digging the foundations, and building the walls and roof. The building was finished with Project Peru's own funds and was inaugurated and in use by December 2010.