Alpaca Expeditions Joins HERO Organization to Help Wakatinku Village

11 May

11227260_10206008647471031_846540295_oOn Thursday, May 7, 2015 Alpaca Expeditions partnered up with Organization HERO (Humanitarians for Education and Recreation Outreach) to bring 4 computers to the children at the school at Wakatinku, the village which is home to many of our Inka Trail porters. This was our 4th visit to this village, at the base of Ausangate, the 2nd tallest mountain in Peru (21,000 feet elevation). 204 children from around this agricultural region walk as much as 2 hours each way to get to the school.

We left early on Thursday morning along with Brian Hindman, the Founding Director of HERO, and 9 of his associates. We made the 3.5 hour drive from Cusco to Wakatunku, then set up the computers for the school. Unfortunately, due to amount of rain we have received during this “dry” season, the internet in the village is completely down. They are working on getting this back up for the kids to take full advantage of these computers. But for now, they are all set up and ready to be used and the kids have already started using them for homework.

We also brought along additional school supplies, similar to our previous trip to Wakatinku in August 2014. Each child received notebooks, pencils, erasers, and other assorted hygiene items to encourage them to study and practice good hygiene. And of course everyone needs to have some fun, so we also brought a bunch of sports equipment for them to play with.

Alpaca Expeditions is so proud to be able to support these families in their humble villages, and to offer them the tools to help improve their lives.

HERO (Humanitarians for Education and Recreation Outreach) was started as a way to give back to local communities and especially children around the world. Each year they select organizations in need and donate school supplies and sports equipment , when possible, purchasing from local vendors in an effort to support the local economies of the recipient organizations. For more information on HERO, go to  http://www.heroworldsupport.org.

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