Chandler Sky Foundation: Casa de Milagros, Cusco.
Casa de Milagros (Home of Miracles) is a children's home in the Sacred Valley near historic Machu Picchu, Peru. It was founded by the Chandler Sky Foundation to heal the mind, body and spirit of many of the thousands of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty on the streets of Cusco, Peru and surrounding towns.
Over 3,500 children live on the streets of Cusco many abandoned by families that could not feed them. Malnutrition, infrequent bathing, and inadequate care cause widespread health problems including skin infections, bronchitis, tuberculosis, rickets, and chronic intestinal infections. But the loneliness and fear experienced by these children forced to live on the street alone are the most painful afflictions of all.
Casa de Milagros provides shelter, food, clothing, basic medical care, and education and arts programs that promote self-confidence and self-worth for children in need. This is done in a truly unique environment in which progressive programs are used to foster a healthy and positive consciousness.
Based on the philosophy that we must start at the root of the problem, healing and educating children so that they can give back to their community, The Chandler Sky Foundation aims to provide positive long-term benefits to the region's social and environmental problems.
The Chandler Sky Foundation aims not only to heal the street children, but to educate them so that they may be able to return to their communities equipped with the skills and the spirit to heal the area's economy. In addition to saving the lives of many needy children, the Chandler Sky Foundation helps to conserve one of the world's most biodiverse rainforests. Through teaching children methods of farming that allow the land to be used over and over again, there will be a decreased need for migration into the precious rainforest reserves that we, as a planet, need for survival.
These programs, developed from a progressive global consciousness, place the Casa de Milagros in a category of its own.
Camayoc Foundation, Chachapoyas Peru
Conservation and Anthopologist Peter Lerche.
Cultural history and environmental science education are urgent needs
for the people of Chachapoyas in the Amazonas Department of Peru.
To bring a true sense of historic and cultural identity, and to provide economic opportunities a system must be in place to provide education and conservation awareness to the people of Chachapoyas.
Anthropologist Peter Lerche, explorer and authority on the religious world of pre-Inca Chachapoya, has lived in Chachapoyas studying the Chachapoyas culture over the past 20 years. Dr. Lerche has worked for the National Cultural Institute in Peru as a consultant in tourism development and as Director of the Department of Conservation of Archaeological Monuments. His efforts have resulted in the establishment of The Camayoc Foundation.
The Camayoc Foundation is a non-governmental organization launched in Lima, Peru in 1998. Dr. Peter Lerche is President and members of the board include an engineer, a topographer and 2 museologists. The Camayoc Foundation responds to these urgent needs through lectures, educational classes, and the recent building of the Camayoc-Institute.
Headquartered in Chachapoyas, the capital of Amazonas Department, the Camayoc Foundation will endeavor to increase awareness of the important natural and cultural resources that are available. It will do this by encouraging the:
- Provide Peruvian cultural history and environmental science education to the people of Chachapoyas.
- Construction of the
to provide educational and research facilities, library and teaching hall, and corporate offices. Accommodations are available for visiting student groups, teachers, researchers, and for Camayoc Members.
- construction of a museum in the town of Chachapoyas to showcase the local cultural traditions, archaeological collections, and serve as an interpretation center for visitors.
- development of the traditional arts and crafts of the local people development of proposals to protect the natural environment and establish preserves for nature.
- support and assist tourism activities through improving local infrastructure and promotion.
- undertake these activities in cooperation with the Chachapoyas Tourist Office and the National Cultural Institute.