The Mantaro Valley
Our location and place of operations:
Our social work is centered in the Mantaro valley at 3,249 meters above sea level, in the city of Huancayo and the surrounding towns, we are located in the very heart of the central Andes of Peru in the Junin region, we have chosen This strategic area for being the axis of communication between the jungle, the Andean region and the coast of Peru, Although we are close to the capital Lima, the area has a peculiarity, of being a meeting point and traffic of a large number of people who are from On the way to the capital or settle in the cities of the Valley, in addition to being a confluence of other provinces, it still maintains many cultural and folkloric traditions typical of the Andean peoples of the area.
Its activities are focused on agriculture and commerce, surrounded by many small towns dedicated to agriculture and livestock, are famous small family industries dedicated to crafts and textiles, as well as silverware.
from the area where we work
Although we developed our projects trying to include new towns and villages within the Mantaro Valley and surrounding areas, our main work focuses on Cerro Hermosa, an area located 20 minutes walk from the city of Huancayo, characterized mainly by being also place (Junin, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Andahuaylas and central jungle), since all of them are part of the main least developed or excluded Peruvian outbreak. socially and economically called VRAE.
There have been settled these families, often numerous, who share almost the same story and situation: having to have migrated in search of a better life and give better living conditions to their children, usually parents are underemployed or working brick factories that abound in the surroundings or are looking for life in the city as day laborers and street vendors in local markets.
This area lacks the basic services of potable water and sewage, there are no health services and the health situation is extreme, ruling too many cases of chronic malnutrition infantile and maternal as well as preventable diseases with the simple basic notion of cleaning habits and environments healthy.
Socially speaking, most of these people speak the language Quechua, language of the old Inca Empire, as well as basic Spanish, have been excluded from any notion of development and when they reach these areas around cities, their way of adaptation is slow, difficult and frustrating, many individuals developing negative social habits such as alcoholism, domestic violence, sexist social practices, family abandonment and other involuntary, such as neglect in the education of children and their personal development.
It is a difficult area, with small family dwellings dotting the slopes of a great mountain, houses mostly made of mud and adobes, with domestic animals around, and endless little children playing and wallowing in the red clay dust that it abounds on the ground.
We socially intervene with the illusion of helping to give a better quality of life to the people who need it most and to see in their smiles of gratitude the only and most brilliant sample of payment that we need to continue with our direct social work here in the Andes of Peru.
How to get to the project !
The first section consists of traveling by plane from Lima to Jauja, for which there are daily departures from the Jorge Chavez International Airport (Airport Code: LIM), located in Callao. To get to Jauja, you have to arrive at Francisco Carlé Airport (Airport Code: JAU). Flights to Jauja from Lima last approximately 55 minutes of travel.
The second section consists of traveling from Jauja to Huancayo, which is 40 minutes away. For this you can travel in taxis.
To travel by bus from Lima to Huancayo, there are some bus companies that depart daily and at different times to Huancayo. The trip by land takes on average about 7 hours by bus, where you have to travel 347 km:
The Huancayo – Lima railway is the highest in the world and crosses the Andes mountain range. The service provided is for tourist purposes, where the trip from Lima to Huancayo lasts 12 hours. To take it, you must go to the station of the homeless that is located behind the Government Palace in the Historic Center of Lima. For more information about departure and itineraries, enter the official site: https://www.ferrocarrilcentral.com.pe