We drove up the dusty road to the village of Pumamarca about 9.30am on Monday… this is the village in which we will be working over the next month.
It takes about half and hour to get there or one and a half hours to walk… which we are yet to do.
Day one of volunteering was checking out the school and in the afternoon having our first 2 hr Espanol lessons.
Pumamarca is very poor. The average family farms a small plot and makes about 5 dollars US a week. It is a a hard life… living in mud brick house… often 6 to a bed and sleeping with an open fire in the one room house…so this adds to the respiratory and other health issues. Water of course is the main culprit with the local supply being tested at 200 times worse that the accredited safe drinking level… they don’t seem to have an option.
The school is a positive focus for the community and what Perus Challenge is doing will ensure the efforts are sustainable when they eventually leave.
It reminds us quite a lot of Romania but the poverty is even more severe here.
The water situation is not much better in Cuzco where we are staying and washing up takes a long time as you need to be very vigilant and careful… washing everything twice in boiling water.
The big brother crew are going well…10 people sharing 2 bathrooms was fine until ours blew up… Oh well as we keep having to say… This is Peru!!!