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The following pages with pictures should provide an insight in our project work and are split in accordance. Despite the fact that one picture says more than 1.000 words I was not able to do it without some covering notes.

1. Hygiene

Not only hand-washing has to be taught

Hygiene is the key-issue of our project as we want to achieve two fundamental goals with it:

  • Improving the health situation
  • Increasing the self-esteem

After the classes, which new families receive individually, the training takes place. The families receive all necessary material from us as it is difficult for them to get hold of it and they have very little money. Afterwards Alipio visits the families regularly (at least once a month) to see the actual situation and provide more training when required. With each visit they receive points (0 = very bad, 3 = extremely well). Those families who participate actively in the hygiene program can attend at the artesanía-program as well. A certain number of points over a longer period of time is necessary to receive the improvements of the houses (kitchen, green-house, transparent corrugated iron). Of course this is a huge incentive because in the meantime (May 2015) most families have seen the first kitchens. In addition there is a competition which runs for one year and everybody enjoys it.

 

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2. Construction of a kitchen

We build a kitchen with warm water

Almost each and every project in Peru build “improved kitchens“ to get the smoke out of the house. Most of them are based on a patented, ready model which can be bought as a whole package and quickly installed. Until now I haven’t heard from anyone that these kitchens are actually used in daily life. The reasons are:

  • The three holes for the pots are very wide so that the pots, which are used by the families, slip through.
  • In addition they are placed in a row so that the room for the fire is very large. To heat all three of them a lot of combustible is required – much more than the ones currently used by the families.
  • In a lot of cases the oven hole is so small that only relatively small branches fit through. But in the villages of the high Andes fire is not made with wood because there are hardly any trees in these heights. Instead they use “Champa” which is a type of grass growing on a kind of peat.
  • At least the two kitchens which were constructed in our villages have been placed in the house where there was space and not where the family considered it good for cooking.

Our kitchens distinguish themselves as the three holes are placed in a triangle and are of the same size as the families use them already now. This means that basically everything remains the same. In addition Alipio had the great idea of including a 10l water tank so that there is warm water for washing in each house.

 

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3. Greenhouses

Due to the climate in 4200m only potatoes can be planted successfully. This has been the case for several centuries and therefore potatoes are their main food. They are eaten as boiled potatoes three times a day – without anything else. Due to this the people do not starve and are not under-nourished but suffer from malnutrition. Proteins, vitamins and minerals are missing in their diet. More than 90% of the children suffer from chronical malnutrition. This becomes obvious in their growth or rather lack of it and the fact that they have problems with their concentration in school. Consequently studying is difficult for them.

We teach the basics of a balanced nutrition regularly in our conversations. Only families, whose fathers work as porters at the Inca Trail or whose mothers are able to sell handicraft products, do have enough money to buy additional food. With the construction of the green-houses we want to provide each family with the possibility of improving their nutrition situation. In addition teaching and training in planting, maintaining and usage are a focus. The families not only receive seeds from us but our care as well. With this we want to ensure that the green-houses are not used for something else such as drying clothes.

Corresponding to the kitchen a successful participation in our hygiene program is mandatory for a green-house.

 

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4. Healthcare

When the next doctor is 8 hours walking-distance away

Alipio takes care of the whole medical “emergency” cover in both villages. Although he can’t be there 24 hours a day on 7 days in a week it is a huge improvement of the situation. There are the following possibilities to get to the next responsible healthcare center, which are based on the location of the school – and some families still live some hours away from it:

  • A 12 resp. 17 km walk to the next street to wait if a car passes by and hope to receive a lift for the next 30 km
  • To walk 23 resp. 28 kilometers to the next village with a phone and call for the ambulance in the hope that it will really come and that the road conditions allow its arrival
  • Take the direct 8 hours route down

Depending on the climate the MINSA (the Peruvian health ministry) comes into the villages once every 4 – 6 weeks with a four-wheel drive. If I had not seen it with my own eyes, I would not believe it. They park in front of the school and wait if somebody shows up. Then they talk with the patients through the car windows and distribute low grade medicaments. They leave the car only if they can’t really avoid it (e.g. when one of the women insist on the 3-month injection). The signal they give to the people with this way of treating them is more than clear and felt like that.

The only positive thing, which exists for a couple of years now, is the fact that pregnant women are sent to the hospital approx. 3 weeks before the calculated date of birth. This reduces the risks during the delivery a lot.

We resp. Alipio treat all people in the villages independent if they participate in the project or not. The required medicaments and other medical material are paid by donations. In addition

Alipio works with those parents whose children show development disorders. They have problems talking and in their social behavior. The first successes are quite obvious already and the teachers confirmed this in April 2015.

 

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5. Artesania

From the alpaca to the scarf

In contrary to the expectation alpaca and lama are not breed in all regions of Peru. Even in “our” villages the animals were fully introduced in 2010. The art of weaving was passed on from generation to generation over the centuries but the required wool was either bought or exchanged. The extremely bright colors, which are usually admired by tourists, are based on synthetic fibers dyed with chemicals. Depending on the product the women use wool from sheep (e.g. for wallets, coasters) or alpacas (e.g. for scarfs).

In 2014 Juan taught a whole cycle from the selection of the animals based on the wool-quality until the final product. The quality increased tremendously and this for the colors, their combination and the softness. More than once we got the feedback that it is difficult to believe that these products have been made by hand and not in fabrics. But we can’t tell the women that they should make mistakes on purpose.

Depending on the requests and need of the women we still provide trainings to support them in this work. Selling is difficult as tourists do not visit these villages and it is not easy for the women to walk down to Ollantaytambo themselves. They speak Quechua only and are very timid. We encourage them as much as we can and with some of them it works out already. In addition we try to win restaurants and hotels which enable us to sell there. A professional sell in Germany is not possible due to tax reasons.

 

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6. Schools

Teaching and studying under special conditions

Details of the Peruvian school system and the situation in our villages can be found in the description → “Life in an Andean Village”. As the education of the children is very dear to us but we can’t work directly in it we try to support the teachers as much as possible. In the meantime we do have a very good collaboration with the two directors resp. teachers who work for the last couple of years in the villages (Prof. Wilbert in Chaullaccocha and Prof. Wilfredo with his wife Juanita in Chupani). The remaining teachers usually work only a year up there and most consider it as a punishment. The following pictures should provide an insight in our collaboration.

 

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7. Families

People, with whom we work

Approximately 90 families live in Chaullaccocha and Chupani. In 2013 we started working with 20 and in April 2015 we increased the number to 34. Our goal is 50 families. In the meantime they come to us and ask if they can participate in the project as well. It is very important for us that these are families with children as these are the ones we want to impact.

The pictures on this page show a selection of them and some associated stories. At the end of each of my stays the families receive the pictures I took. Quite a lot ask for them as well as they are still something special. In the description I don’t use last names as in all of the other texts as well. This is not due to a lack of respect but the double-names are rather long.

 

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8. Living- and working conditions

Living in another world

Pictures of the villages Chaullaccocha, Chupani and Chupani Pampa with which we work.

 

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Photos 2018/2

Photos 2018/2

 

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Photos 2018/1

Photos 2018/1

 

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Photos 2017/2

Photos 2017/2

 

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Photos 2017/1

Photos 2017/1

 

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Photos 2016/2

Photos 2016/2

 

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Photos 2016/1

Photos 2016/1

 

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Photos 2014

Photos 2014

 

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Saturday, 28. November 2020