Most of the residents of the Community Amaru live in extreme poverty, meaning less than $1.50 a day per person. This condition of extreme poverty is caused by a lack of economic opportunity within the community. Because the growing season is only ½ of the year, community members must seek other jobs during the dry season - keeping families apart and stalling community development.
The project’s first phase calls for constructing a 10-meter tall dam that will act to contain 70,000 to 80,000 cubic meters of water. The dam will be constructed out of concrete and will incorporate local stones, which are plentiful in the area (thereby reducing the raw material requirement). The outlet will be constructed out of iron. The Peruvian Government is financing the majority of the project, and Ascend Travel is organizing the project and fundraising a portion of the project budget.The project has the following expected outcomes:
Productive reforestation with native trees along with environmental education for adults and children is a recipe for success. "Productive" reforestation means that the trees being planted produce fruits for better nutrition, flowers and leaves for dying wool and alpaca, natural medicines, and wood for artisan goods. This type of reforestation helps community members earn additional income while simultaneously improving the environment. Coupled with environmental training workshops in which we teach about recycling - reducing and reusing, and install trash and recycling containers, this is a great way to fight the harmful deforestation and trash problems that plague Southern Peru while simultaneously creating new economic activities that help fight poverty.The project has the following expected outcomes:
Microenterprise training for Pisaq and Lamay is a detailed and thorough business training course with a proven history of results. The program takes aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small-business owners, and gives them the tools to take their existing business to a new level or develop a simple business plan that can easily be put into action. Site visits by Ascend mentors are provided to analyze existing businesses on a case-by-case basis and make sure that what is being taught is put into practice.
In this course, Ascend Travel is specifically focusing on helping Pisaq and Lamay improve their rural tourism packages. This includes site visits to rural home-stays with quality assessments, implementing customer satisfaction surveys, participating in tour itineraries and assessing the overall quality of the product, offering suggestions, training entrepreneurs in social media outreach, bringing in outside experts and providing marketing advice and implementation.
The project has the following expected outcomes:
In 2012, Ascend Travel is organizing and supporting several rural health clinics with medical professionals, equipment, medicine and health training. We work together with the OPC (Office of Citizen Participation - Peruvian National Police), the Regional Hospital, and others to provide healthcare to communities that have little or no access.
Medical campaigns are employed to meet immediate health needs, but also include educational workshops focused on empowering community members to improve their own health. Medical teams work in communities, health fairs, clinics and hospitals serving the needs of people without resources. Teams offer training to local doctors, medical students and/or community health workers. Surgeries and health/dental campaigns may also be part of the mission.
The project has the following expected outcomes:
In the rural communities in Southern Peru, most bathrooms are little more than a hole in the ground surrounded by four pieces of pleated tin. This setup, besides general discomfort, leads to ground water contamination as well as diseases that are spread through lack of hygiene. Many children in the communities we serve are perpetually sick and weak due to poor hygiene - and our answer to this problem is eco-latrines! Eco-latrines are inexpensive and they recycle human waste and use no water. Human waste becomes fertilizer that is used for crops. Also, we install electric showers and sinks as part of our effort to improve hygiene and stop the spread of disease. In rural communities, this project can be the catalyst for a bright and healthy future!The project has the following expected outcomes:
Something as simple as better kitchen ventilation can have a big impact on an individual's health. Peruvian families in rural areas have traditionally cooked over open fires using coal or firewood, generating a great deal of smoke, ash and carbon monoxide. Often, food preparation and cooking take place in small areas with poor or no ventilation. These conditions lead to respiratory, skin and eye issues and illnesses. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.5 million people in the world die prematurely each year from exposure to indoor smoke as a result of burning solid fuels. Our answer to this problem is improved ventilated stoves. We build improved stoves that save firewood (thereby decreasing deforestation), ventilate almost all emissions, and are easy to maintain.The project has the following expected outcomes:
Education and life-skills mentoring are keys to sustainability. Our staff, service expeditioners, volunteers and interns assist school-aged children to develop skills that foster self-reliance and open doors to a better life. In 2012, we are focusing on helping schools and orphanages (Schools in the Sacred Valley districts of Pisaq and Lamay, and Cusco boys orphanage, girls orphanage, and Sacred Valley "Girasol" orphanage) enhance their curriculum with one-day classes taught by Ascend Staff, interns, and Expedition Team Members.
Classes and workshops that are taught in local schools and orphanages to children by Ascend Staff and Expedition Team members are as follows: