Australian, Jane, and her Peruvian husband, Selvy, started Peru’s Challenge with the aim to set up sustainable communities within a five year time frame.
The first priority in each community in which Peru’s Challenge works is to transform the school into a safe, happy learning environment supported fully by the government and community. After this is accomplished, Peru’s Challenge turns its focus to the community as a whole to ensure that the children, men and women have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life.
When the pair started up the program initially just focusing on building schools, they realised the kids are vibrant and happy at the school, but the situation at home is difficult. Many of the children and adults suffer not only from malnutrition and illness, but from the effects of alcoholism, neglect, and lack of opportunity. Though the community members are working hard to generate income and opportunities, there is still a severe lack of funds necessary to achieve a desirable quality of life. The Project for Life program aims to supplement families in their endeavour to provide for themselves until they are able to become entirely self-sufficient.
The Project for Life fund
The is in essence the community’s fund. It is made up of these focus areas: Education and small business development, house challenge, and health. All contributions from sponsors are distributed evenly across the community (the percentage split will be dependent on which fund is most in need at the time.) In true Peru’s Challenge style, sustainability is the key and every community member is expected to learn and work alongside Peru’s Challenge to make the desired changes.
Gecko's and Peru's Challenge
Through our Community Trust $10,000 has recently been raised for Peru's challenge which is going towards the providing nutritious breakfast and lunch every day; and fresh fruit every second day to the Pumamarca and Quilla Huata community schools (approx. 300 children and seniors) until the school kitchens become self-sufficient through small businesses for the school ie. greenhouses, chicken coops and bread ovens. At home, the children are receiving on average one meal every two days. This is usually only a plate of potatoes, corn or what ever is in season. To function properly and become active learners Peru's Challenge ensure the children receive two nutritious meals per day. The kitchen will initially be financially supported by Gecko's Community Trust, with a view to phasing their involvement out until the school is able to fully finance the project (as per the long-term projects listed above). Parents from the community will cook the meals. Produce from the fields will go towards the kitchen however, oil, gas and supplies which cannot come from the community will be covered by the funding.