HOP’s outreach in Peru began with the donation of school supplies and sewing machines to villages along our trekking routes, and grew to hosting an annual Chocolatada festival in Pashpa, a small village near the trailhead to the Cordillera Blanca’s Ishinca Valley, one of World Wide Trekking’s most popular alpine climbing areas. In 2017, we significantly expanded our efforts in Peru. With the help of Goal Zero, Dell Computers and others, we have constructed a solar powered computer center in Pashpa, and a second center in the nearby village of Huaripampa.
The 1500 residents of Pashpa Village and surrounding villages
Education and connection to the modern world
With laptops and cameras, the teachers will be able to expand their curriculum to include modern day computer skills
HOP will be returning to Pashpa 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.
As of now, the teachers and children of Pashpa are using their new computer lab. Classes that teach basic computer skills such as typing, transferring photos, and electronic organization are taking place daily.
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.