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The Andean highlands near Machu Picchu are the home to the Quichua, a warm and friendly people with a strong loyalty to their Incan ancestral heritage. Quichuan families live a marginal existence, with a typical family earning $150 per month. They are “the poor” of the Andes and of the Sacred Valley.

These people are eager to share in the “luxuries” of the modern world lifestyle that includes electricity, clean water, nourishing food, and education for their children. But rather than improving their quality of life, the conditions of many Quichua communities

are deteriorating. This has lead to massive urban migration where they find few jobs—even fewer in these times of global economic hardship.

Recently, many Quichua have watched their homes being swept away during massive flooding and mudslides.

We hope you see a Wish List item for these people that touches your heart. Then during your journey to legendary Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, come and visit the grateful recipients—the descendants of the ancient Inca.

They would be grateful for these items
  • Books for kids—in Spanish and English
  • Puzzles
  • Babies’ and kids’ clothing
  • Memory sticks
  • Laptops–new or used

“Do Good While Getting Away.”

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Wish List Items

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$50 Support a Healthy Pregnancy

$50 Support a Healthy Pregnancy

Undernourishment in Quichuan women in the Sacred Valley highlands is commonplace. Help an expectant mother to improve her health by providing vitamins for her throughout her pregnancy. Includes prenatal and postpartum vitamins.

On your visit, meet the mother and share experiences about motherhood life if you like, while enjoying a tea or coffee and a traditional treat.

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$60 Provide a Source of Meat Protein

$60 Provide a Source of Meat Protein

Malnourishment is common in the Andes at higher altitudes, and meals with meat are rare. Although chicken is a favorite food, chickens do poorly at Peru’s higher elevations. Ducks and guinea pigs do better, and are common alternative sources of meat protein. Please consider giving the gift of a duck or guinea pig ‘starter set’ (usually one male and six females).

When you visit, see the animals and meet the grateful family who received your gift

$100 Pedaling out of Poverty

$100 Pedaling out of Poverty

A typical Quichuan highland family makes 150 dollars per month. A pedal-powered sewing machine would allow the weaver to make more marketable woven goods, like purses. The weaver who receives this gift is always chosen based on need.

A pedal-powered sewing machine is a great gift that provides a path out of poverty for a weaver and her family. Meet the weaver on your visit, enjoy tea or coffee and a traditional treat, and see some of her work.

$150 Inspire a Love of Literature

$150 Inspire a Love of Literature

Kids in Peru don’t get much exposure to reading for pleasure. The Yachay Wasi library in Ollantaytambo tries to keep a stock of storybooks on their shelves for young kids to check out. It is hoped that these storybooks will strengthen children’s reading skills, and spark an interest in literature at a young age.

Consider buying 12 children’s storybooks for the children’s library. When you visit Ollantaytambo, we will go by the library and see your wonderful storybooks gift donation.

$200 A Rural Health Post Needs Supplies

$200 A Rural Health Post Needs Supplies

While the supply of antibiotics and even birth control can be quite steady at rural health posts in the Sacred Valley, many clinics suffer from a severe lack of funds to buy routinely needed items. Clinics can go for a long time without light bulbs in their treatment rooms, without gauze, bandages, thermometers, and cleaning supplies.

The gift of an inventory of light bulbs and other routinely needed items for a rural health post would be greatly appreciated. When you come, we will take a trip to see the health post that received your supplies.

$150 Help Women get Back on their Feet

$150 Help Women get Back on their Feet

Baking, sewing, knitting and bio-gardens—cooperatives doing these activities have sprouted up to help women in need, such as those living in makeshift shacks along the Urubamba River, who lost their homes in the January ‘10 floods around Machu Picchu.

Consider helping a women’s cooperative. Do you have a skill set (e.g., marketing, business organization) that might help these women entrepreneurs? Give your donation to the activity of your choice. And when you come, we will visit the women and learn about their projects while enjoying afternoon tea and a traditional treat.

$150 All the Kids get Building Blocks

$150 All the Kids get Building Blocks

Your gift will buy enough building blocks for an entire preschool! These blocks look like large legos, and the kids love them.

Visit the preschool that received your blocks in the Sacred Valley highlands, and watch the kids play. We will have beverages and snacks in the village.

$250 Fund a Charla Idea

$250 Fund a Charla Idea

“Charlas” are gatherings where people come together to brainstorm ideas and discuss issues. Offer $250 to a group of women engaged in community work together. Join their gathering and hear their plans on how they will invest your money. Do you have a specific area of community development that is your passion? Let us know what it is, and we will see if your area of interests falls within a present need.

Tea, coffee and traditional treats will be served. Your gift will put a big smile on the women’s faces!

$300 Stop Bleeding Faces

$300 Stop Bleeding Faces

In the very high altitudes, the indigenous people are outside in all weather conditions, and their facial skin can become so cracked it continually bleeds.

Three hundred dollars will provide enough bulk-purchased facial cream to take care of 90 highland people with severely chapped skin for approximately one year. This is a great gift in comfort.

On your visit, we will go the highlands and you will experience first-hand the local village life, and the local’s gratitude.

$375 Not Potatoes Again

$375 Not Potatoes Again

The Quechua people living at high altitudes have access to a limited variety of food. Consider providing a nutritional breakfast for distant rural villagers who walk down to their local health post on Fridays seeking health care. Some of the people leave their homes as early as 4am, and arrive very hungry. Your $375 donation will provide nutritional breakfasts for about six months, feeding the 40 to 75 people who turn up.

When you visit, we will go visit the people at the rural health post who are providing the breakfasts. We can design your trip so you are there on a Friday morning, if you wish.

Your gift of good health will be warmly appreciated.

$800 Dental Care for the First Time

$800 Dental Care for the First Time

For many of the Sacred Valley highland people, an exam and/or treatment given by a portable clinic dentist is the only dental care they will ever receive.

Consider making it possible for a portable dental clinic to visit a remote village. We will try to make the portable dental clinic visit coincide with your time in the Sacred Valley. This is truly a much needed and appreciated gift.

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$900 – $2,500/yr Education Gift that Gives Back

$900 – $2,500/yr Education Gift that Gives Back

A great many students drop out of college after their first year because one year is all their parents can afford. Consider sponsoring a college student in a way that keeps giving. How is this so?

After graduating, the sponsored student will fulfill an obligation to “give back” to his or her community and neighboring communities for one year. The student chosen to receive your sponsorship will have studied a discipline seen to be an immediate need for their community (e.g., agriculture, veterinary medicine).

When you come, we will visit the young individual you are sponsoring and enjoy a traditional meal. During the school year, you will receive letters and pictures. If interested, please ask for more details.

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$1,200 Revive a Dyeing Art

$1,200 Revive a Dyeing Art

Provide the means for 36 highland Quichuan weavers to attend a workshop to learn about natural dyes and dyeing techniques. This workshop is essential for helping weavers regain the ancient knowledge of using natural dyes–knowledge presently in danger of being lost.

The workshop also helps the weavers develop better marketing skills and more saleable product, enabling them to better support their families. (Tourists especially like the naturally dyed rugs and clothes.)

Meet some of the weavers on your visit, enjoy traditional snacks, hear stories, and see their beautiful naturally dyed weavings.

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$3,000 Be a Working Moms’ Hero

$3,000 Be a Working Moms’ Hero

Ollantaytambo has no daycare center. This is an enormous burden on working moms. Working mothers end up in very low-end jobs where they can take their kids to work, which is not very good for the kids or the mom. Three thousand dollars is the funding goal to finish building Ollanta’s first daycare center.

Consider being the hero donor to working moms! When you arrive, you will see the new daycare center either finished or nearly finished.
Enjoy a celebration given in your honor with delicious traditional foods, music and libations.

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$12,000 Trucking out of Poverty

$12,000 Trucking out of Poverty

Many of the poorest Sacred Valley inhabitants live in very isolated villages consisting of only a few families. They live hours away from a serviceable road. A local NGO needs a good, reliable 4X4 truck to reach these people. The NGO will in turn provide education resources, markets for their weavings, and provide access to health care.

A good, reliable 4X4 truck is the key to better lives for some of the poorest of the poor in remote parts of the Sacred Valley above Ollantaytambo.
When you come, take a ride in your truck to distant highland villages that are enjoying the benefits of services made possible by your gift. Enjoy a celebration in your honor with traditional foods, music and libations, where the locals will express their gratitude!

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$15,000 The Elusive Porter’s Lodge

$15,000 The Elusive Porter’s Lodge

During the trekking season, as many as 50 poor highland campesinos are seen sleeping in doorways for many days, as they wait for work as porters. Local political candidates repeatedly use the plight of the homeless campesinos as an election promise, however, campaign cycle after campaign cycle, help and shelter for these people still does not exist.

Help build the forever-promised Porter’s Lodge. Securing the land is the first important step. Perhaps you would consider buying the land on condition that the construction costs of the Lodge are also secured. You would be greatly honored with a grand celebration if you made the Porter’s Lodge a reality!
Operations and maintenance of the Lodge will be the responsibility of Porter’s Association. More information on this project is in the Porter’s Lodge wish list item.

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$15,000 Building the Porter’s Lodge

$15,000 Building the Porter’s Lodge

The town of Ollantaytambo sees as many as 50 poor highland campesinos sleeping in doorways for days, as they wait for work as porters. The Porter’s Lodge will include dorm-style rooms, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. The porters will pay a nominal amount to cover weekly expenses and maintenance of the Lodge. Operations and maintenance will be the responsibility of Porter’s Association.

More information on this project is in the Elusive Porter’s Lodge wish list item.
Perhaps you would consider providing the resources for the construction of the Lodge on condition that the land is secured. You would be greatly honored with a grand celebration for this generous contribution that provides comfort for highland campesinos away from home.