Peru

Here in Peru things are moving forward. We will be breaking ground on the project in Urubamba on Monday, but we hit a snag with our other project in Huacarpay. (I’ve included an excerpt from an email from a project coordinator, John Kreider, below. ) As you know, the wife (Manuela) of the couple (the man’s name is Valentin) who we wanted to build a house for died. We all thought that the title to the land was clear, but apparently not. Manuaela & Valentin's "house" since the 2010 floods John Kreider, who wrote the email, was helping me coordinate the project with Pastor Celestino The other project in Urubamba will help the Ormachea-Hermoza family (more than 12 of them) have a decent home.

Peru

It’s a good thing the first week was so pleasant in Cusco, because I forgot how hard it is to build houses in foreign countries. Here at the second MicroAid project site in Urubamba (2 hours away from Cusco), I’m getting very inflated budget numbers for the house. Ormachea-Hermoza house since floods of 2010 Also, Urubamba is dry and dusty and a bit depressing. I will be staying here much of the time as well as shuttling back to Cusco to oversee the other project, 45 minutes away, in Huacarpay. MicroAid will help more than 12 members of the family live in a decent home I also got sick as a dog last week—chills, body aches, wracking cough. I think I was lulled into a false sense of security he

Peru Travel Log

I got to see the Torrechayoq festival in Urubamba on Sunday. A day-long parade of dancers and musicians—dozens of crews in different amazing costumes—snaking through the town from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. Like the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, except this one goes on all day. A test of endurance for Jesus. But also Quechwa celebration and fun.

Peru Travel Log

Things are good here. Projects are moving forward—slowly, but surely. our site in urubamba backs up against another structure While waiting for plans to be drawn up for the MicroAid homes… Here are a few pics from an adventure I was taken on over the weekend by some archeologists: a little-visited Inca site about two hours from Cusco. curved and perfectly matched stones indicate a ceremonial site We all piled into combis and taxis to get to the ruins near the town of Anta and a half-hour hike up the mountain from a nondescript spot along the road. Plenty of ancient mojo—with caves with Inca walls inside, sun dials, and alters perfectly aligned with astronomical features. The site had that “

Cusco Calling

Cusco Calling . I am here in the Sacred Valley of Peru starting the MicroAid projects to build houses for survivor-families of the 2010 floods—in Urubamba and Huacarpay. . As you recall, I met the beneficiaries and did the baseline studies in November last year. Now that the rainy season is over we can begin construction. The weather is dry and hot (70s) during the day and cold (30s) at night. . I have had meetings with locals who are helping me coordinate with the builders. Earlier this week, I visited another project at the Asul Wasi orphanage near the Rio Huatanay in Oro Pesa to study construction techniques. We will most likely use cinderblock and concrete for our houses as it what t

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