Communities in the Peruvian Andes are often far removed from cities. They are very vulnerable to freezing temperatures and few crops can withstand the extreme conditions of intense cold and infertile soil, so the communities tend to eat only potatoes and suffer from malnutrition. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, poverty in these areas has increased due to unemployment and the exodus from cities to rural areas; these communities have starved.
Help Peru has collaborated with the local nonprofit Por Eso! Peru to provide food for these communities. In June and November 2020, survival baskets were provided for a total of 1,000 families located in remote communities in Pisac and Pitumarca (Cusco), where Por Eso! has ongoing projects. The baskets contained food, plants, seeds, and blankets.
Association Por Eso! Peru is an organization that provides a long-term nutrition in the Peruvian Andes through training, education and providing resources to communities. Por Eso! teaches them how to cultivate the land and provides them with the seeds and the necessary means to sustainably nurture themselves.
Learn more at www.poreso.org/en/.