Minimum Fundraising Commitment: $2,500
Location: Calca, Sacred Valley, Peru
Project: Garden Wall and Community Soccer Field
Community Partner: The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
Community and Project Description:
In the community of Sacclio, an informal agriculture school and demonstration farm has been 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 partnership with the Nina Cusiyupanqui Family Farm and the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, we will continue to support the EcoHuella farmer field school with the construction of a wall that will serve as a barrier to protect the plants, microbes and insects from dangerous chemicals used by adjacent farms. These contaminants impact the organic seeds that are saved from the farm and distributed to community. By ensuring a healthy environment for the crops and seeds, they can better demonstrate to visiting farmers, students and professionals the efficacy of agroecological production. The project may include preparing mud mortar, carrying and laying adobe bricks, and installing roof tiles on top of the wall.
For part of our time we will work in the high-altitude community of Huamanchoque, a tight-knit campesino (farming) community. Here, we will help improve their existing soccer field, to one of pride, and something the community is extremely excited about and ready to work side-by-side with volunteers. The football (soccer) field is an important space enjoyed by all community members, especially the youth, who often have few other entertainment options. Other than football, the space is used to host community events, festivals, and more. Surf For Life volunteers will help to lay sod and install fencing.
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