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20 May 2012, Posted by Matt

2012 Peru

We are excited to announce the plans for our third annual project, which will be taking place in Amaru, Peru, this coming August.

Amaru is a community where 220 families practice traditional subsistence agriculture on the steep Andean slopes above the Sacred Valley.  This is a poor area, where people have to get by on less than $1.50 a day.  Trash is also a big problem—without effective means to dispose of inorganic wastes, mixed refuse is deposited in an exposed pit where it contaminates the ground and is blown away by the wind.  FCP is working with community leader Gregorio Tacuri and local organization Ascend Adventure Travel to tackle both of these issues simultaneously.

We will be building a recycling and waste sorting facility in Amaru during August 2012.  The facility will sell recycled bottles and plastic rope for income, and create a line of natural products such as soaps, toothpaste, and shampoos to be sold in communities and to tourists.  The project will create economic opportunity in Amaru and work to reduce environmental contamination.

As well as spending two weeks working on the construction of this facility and living in the community, we will fund the $3000 cost of the plot construction itself.

We are partnering with The Hope Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Salt Lake City.  This partnership will allow donors to make tax-free contributions to support our trip.  Our goal is to raise $12,000 to help fund the farm project and to facilitate the travel of our group.  You can donate here.  Thank you!

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