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Holiday Love in the Andes

Posted December 21, 2021 @ 1:30pm | by Melanie

It was a much anticipated Holiday celebration in our communities of Chaquipampa, Andabamba and Patahuasi. Due to the pandemic and the rural hamlets taking extreme caution, Fundacîon Comunidad Board Members Humberto & Mey Valdivia were unable to make the journey last Dec. They did send presents and other donated requested goods, thankfully this year the trip was possible. 

The isolated rural communities, have managed to protect themselves pretty well from sickness, but the last two academic years were also more challenging because of their remoteness. 

Getting 8 computers, wifi, a projector and a laptop to Patahuasi made all the difference for 2021. The computers and a good lunch made the pilgrimage to school much more enticing, and there are graduates to prove it. Also, as of December, we are working on a pillow embroidery project for the mothers of the students.

Chaquipampa has progressed with their baking project, it is now an accredited class! Humberto reports the breads were the best he has tasted in a long time. We are exploring the communities request for more baking supplies, there is an opportunity for them to have commercial success beyond serving the local residents.

As you may recall, in 2019 we were in the process of winding down. With our needs in the US getting more serious, we thought we should focus more locally. But with the pandemic, the ongoing loss of in person education, the lack of nutrition, economic hardship…all are reasons to continue our work, and we are committed for 2022.

The school year of March - Dec 2021= 165 daily lunches. Nine Computers + projector, Wifi and one Teacher Assistant for home visits. From their hard work they graduated 30 students, of which 20 are girls. A difference is being made! 

Thank you for your support on behalf of the families of, Patahuasi, Chaquipampa & Andabamba

Feliz Navidad a short cheery video of the recent visit

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