Minimum Fundraising Commitment: $2,800
Location: Calca, Sacred Valley, Peru
Project: Sacclio Reservoir and Agricultural School
Community Partner: The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
Community and Project Description:
The Sacred Valley is known as the breadbasket of the Incas for its agricultural production that fed an empire. The picturesque valley sits at 10,000ft above sea level and is rich in history and archeological ruins, the most famous of which is Machu Picchu. This area and surrounding communities still take part in traditional farming practices well suited for harsh mountain terrain, but increasingly water, the most basic necessity for farming communities, is becoming more scarce.
Project Phase 1 (April 2018): We will work with the community to install a 3,000 m3 reservoir to store water for the dry season made of a geo-membrane which is environmentally friendly and sustainable, lasting over thirty years.
In addition, to water shortages, these campesino communities have been failed by many government and NGO agriculture extension programs that are not adapted for community realities. However, in the community of Sacclio there is an informal agriculture school and demonstration farm run by three siblings, which has been quietly spreading an organic agricultural revolution for over a decade. Locally created and run, the Nina Cusiyupanqui Family Farm provides agricultural extension classes and workshops in a manner that aligns with customary methods of education found in Andean Communities.
In parternship with the Nina Cusiyupanqui Family Farm and AASD, Hope Corps volunteers will help create an agriculture extension program designed by indigenous Peruvians, to support small-scale farmers and agricultural development. Our collaboration will result in the expansion and improvement of the school’s infrastructure by building classrooms, kitchen, and bathrooms, thus allowing for increased program enrollment and smoother facilitation of the workshops.
Project Phase 2 (May 2018): The agricultural school’s construction will begin in Summer 2017, so when Hope Corps volunteers arrive in 2018 they will be put on the finishing touches! Volunteers will be building beds, desks and tables, installing water and electricity, painting, and much more. Come help the community of Sacclio become a center for organic agriculture learning in Peru!