Healthy Kitchens Volunteering in Peru
Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project. Often kitchens in lower income communities are dirty, do not have clean water, ways to keep food refrigerated or storage options. They also contain smoky cookers which lead to very dirty surfaces and walls where bacteria and germs gather. This project has three elements; firstly cleaning the kitchens, secondly providing a ceramic water filter, building a cleaner burning stove, installing ecological refrigerators and installing cupboards for food storage, and thirdly educating families about hygiene and sanitation good practice. These elements aim to improve the lives of family by tackling the current problem and providing solutions.
The project is run by a local NGO in Cusco and its staff know the communities, located about 30 - 40 minutes outside of the city, really well. The NGO utilises project donations and an amount generated through accepting volunteers onto its programme to secure the items needed to enable this project to continue each year. Come to Peru and help the NGO to improve the day to day lives of families in Cusco as well as gaining an insight into the solutions to improving hygiene in the home being implemented in poorer communities.
Global Health and Nutrition Volunteering in the Andes
Come to Peru and participate in global health and nutrition volunteering in the Andes. Work with a project that reaches out to the rural communities around Cusco to provide health support. In high altitude rural communities the reliance on potato crops results in high levels of malnutrition, and lack of general health education leads to many easily avoidable problems. work alongside a rural nurse visiting villages to provide workshops, education sessions and a helping to run a feeding program within the schools.
Agriculture for Improved Nutrition Volunteer Work in Peru
Spend time working with a friend and a local project member constructing greenhouses to improve the diet of local families on this agriculture for Improved Nutrition Volunteer work in Peru. In the Cusco area the geographic and climatic conditions mean that communities are unable to grow much more than root vegetables and grains. This means that their diet lacks the range of nutrient needed for children to develop and to help them to fend off illness. Vitamin deficiency is a problem for many in the Cusco area. Families find it time consuming and expensive to constantly purchase vegetables to supplement their diet so building greenhouses helps them to become self sufficient.
The local NGO raises money annually from donors and by accepting volunteers onto its programmes to enable greenhouses to be constructed so that a range of different crops can be grown. This vegetable cultivation brings variety and improved vitamins and minerals to the diets of local families. The organisation works closely with the community president to establish the needs and buy in of the local families. The families themselves help with the build of the greenhouses and supply some of the wood used in construction. The project works with families to construct the greenhouses and to plant crops such as tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, onions and herbs. The project is also intending to offer nutrition and plant care training to consolidate this essential support for the families seeking support.