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Every year Peru Treks continues to donate and distribute school equipment packs to selected schools in the Paucartambo & Ausangate regions of Peru. Each pack consists of an exercise book (100 pages, square ruled), plastic folder, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, ruler, packet of crayons (usually 12 crayons in each packet) or packet of coloured pencils depending on age of children. The cost of each packet is about US$4 We will also donate general items such as boxes of plain paper (white A4 photocopier type), card of various colours, paints and brushes, ballpoint pens, encyclopaedia, books, dictionaries, educational posters and additional crayons and coloured pencils.
Between 2005 and 2011 we managed to distribute school equipment packs every year to more than 2000 children from 15 schools mainly in the Ausangate region.
In 2012 we found that a large international charity was visiting many of the schools a couple of weeks before us and distributing their own school supplies so we reduced our donations. I guess we can't really complain about this as the charity was covering many more schools than we used to..
From 2012 we have continued to distribute school equipment packs regularly to the communities of Tiracanchi (Paucartambo), Amaru (Pisac), Checaspampa (Ausangate) and Lauramarca (Ausangate) including some new schools in the villages where our porters live. When we first started distributing school equipment we started off in the regions of Chinchero, Ollantaytambo and Lares Valley. Most of the schools in these areas regularly receive donations of school supplies from NGOs working in the area as well as a couple of other tour operators. When visitors buy a Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) which allows entry to many places of interest in Cusco and the Sacred Valley and Chinchero, some of this money goes directly to the municipal councils in these regions. This money has greatly improved schools and educational resources in the area.
Peru Treks & Adventure Tour Operator
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Specialists, working to help the community
Office Address: Avenida Pardo 540 (in the corner of the small park), Cusco, Peru