Our previous outreach in Peru has focused primarily on the village of Pashpa, and we are excited to have expanded to Huaripampa. Both Pashpa and Huaripampa are remote villages along some of Peru’s most beautiful trekking routes, and both have been essential parts of making our Peruvian treks what they are.
In 2017, as World Wide Trekking ran the first trip to the Santa Cruz trekking region of Peru, HOP endeavored to build a computer center in the remote community of Huaripampa in order to give back to the places we travel. With the help of the Bradburns and Riggs families, and donations from Dell Computers, we constructed and equipped a computer center with 10 laptops and 10 digital cameras. The building is in operation and the school holds class every day for its students to learn how to use the computers.
Over 400 people living in the village of Huaripampa
Residents now have computers and cameras to work on and learn from
HOP will be returning to Huaripampa this August, on our Santa Cruz Voluntourism Trek . During the trek, we will be expanding the resources available at both the Pashpa and Huaripampa computer centers with a system called RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning).
Developed by the non-profit World Possible, RACHEL is designed specifically for use in schools and education centers located in remote areas. The system connects offline computers to free educational resources including full Pre-school through college level curriculums, thousands of hours of educational videos, tens of thousands of books in English and Spanish, and educational games.
We are continuing to follow up with our HOP Ambassador, Rodolfo Reyes, to track the impacts of our projects and discover further needs. With the two flagship projects in Huaripampa and Pashpa, HOP hopes to start connecting villages throughout Peru to the rest of the world. It is our hope that with the right tools and education, people in these villages can better equip themselves for the modern world, and improve their community’s health, economy, and future.