Please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics regarding the 2014 expedition to Cusco, Peru. It will include the opportunity to see spectacular Inca ruins, including Machu Picchu, as well as the opportunity to work with orphanages and mountain villages around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The dates are March 28 – April 6, 2014.
The Andean people are so photogenic, especially the really young and the really old. You will see some of both in these pictures from the last two weeks. The village scenes from Villacha, Tucsan and Cinco Nevados are included. Everywhere I go we make bracelets and sometimes rings.
I spent a delightful afternoon in Tucsan making bracelets with about a dozen kids. They caught on quickly so I left them several bolts of cord to make more and hopefully sell them to the tourists in Pisaq. The older ones remember the first group and I told them that you send your greetings. The first group was Ben, Tom, Charlie, Shane, Stefano, Jeff and Steve Groll. It is sooo green now in Peru after the summer rains.
The Amaru school has about 100 students in grades 1 thru 6 and I was able to spend some time with them today. This is one of the cleanest and most progressive villages in Peru and education is a high priority for most of the families. We are working with two women’s group doing bracelets, rings and earrings as part of the Galileo Foundation’s “Cord to connect the world” initiative.
I visited the Villacha school today. I double posted the pictures because of my unfamiliarity with word press, but twice is better than none. You will see the old church where we taught bracelets to the village women two years ago I think. You will see Mason’s swing without the rope and so this year we will put up new ropes as part of the June expedition. I am sure this will make Mason proud. You will see the bathroom addition to the school that was done the same year. For those who were there, this will be memorable. The kids were so happy to see a fresh face.
I love the Andes!