“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” – Swiss Philosopher, poet and critic Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

PERU – Tarpuy

This is our first project and its name means “seeds” in Quecha Indian.  In a semi-desert area, Tarpuy managed to channel underground water for a fig orchard which produces income.  This project is chosen for its trive to have a sustainable home for the underprivileged.

We enabled Tarpuy to build a new house in the sub-desert area, and it now accommodates 15 children (It is for special-need kids that need more care and are not accepted elsewhere). Related activities raised enough funds for a 2nd house too.

Tarpuy aims to help the most vulnerable victims of poverty – children.  The aim is to build in stages a home school, providing educational and social support to children and adolescents from the most disadvantaged areas of the Peruvian countryside.  The first part of the project is the development of the land, including water, electricity, and plantation.

Land Development.  The first own well was not suitable as it was salty.  Fresh water was then piped in from a neighbouring property.  An investment of a pump and 400 meters of pipes was made to bring water to two water tanks.  One is used for the home, and the other for agriculture.

A wind turbine will also be located on site to provide a portion of the electricity to operate the home.

Fig trees were planted and bore fruit quickly.  After that passion fruit and other fruit trees were planted.  A vegetable garden is also grown for own consumption of the home and school.  A small chicken and duck farm was also established.

Home and School.  The School practices theory and practical – teaching children to live together in harmony with the environment while sharing the daily tasks with specialised educators, promoting proactive education.  Curriculum includes primary and secondary education, workshops and technical and professional training workshops.  A home was built to accommodate 15 children that need more care and are not accepted elsewhere. Related activities by friends raised enough funds for a second house.

In rural Peru, there is a real lack of training and qualified teachers, mainly due to the many strikes, crowded classrooms and different grade levels within the same class.  The Home School intends the programme to cater based on the abilities of each child.

Educational training workshops allow children to participate in activities such as folk music and dance, painting, drama and sport.  Technical workshops are offered to adolescents depending on their education and capabilities.  They will have the opportunity to train and learn a trade in order to prepare to enter the workforce.

The construction of the building was done by man-power with some help of machineries.  Foundations were dug with shovels.  Later on the building was fitted with solar panels.