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Report of Global Humanitarian Peru Expedition. Prepared by Miriam Schwartz. Overview of Expedition. Director: Pablo Fuentes Dates: Dec 25, 2002, to Jan 5, 2003 Village: Paqarimuy, Peru 6 days (5 nights) in village Number of expedition volunteers: 26

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Report of Global HumanitarianPeru Expedition

Prepared by Miriam Schwartz


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Overview of Expedition

  • Director: Pablo Fuentes

  • Dates: Dec 25, 2002, to Jan 5, 2003

  • Village: Paqarimuy, Peru

  • 6 days (5 nights) in village

  • Number of expedition volunteers: 26

  • After service: Toured Cuzco and Machu Picchu

Pablo Fuentes


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Geography of Paqarimuy

  • 150 miles southeast of Cuzco

  • 45 miles northwest of Puno and Lake Titicaca

  • Altitude: 13,500 feet above sea level

  • Nearby mountains

    • Tantani, 16,421 feet

    • Nevado Ausangate, 20,945 feet

  • Nearby river: Urubamba


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Village Life

  • Languages: Quechua and Spanish

  • Number of citizens: 85

  • Diet: potatoes, mutton

  • Economy: agropasturalism

  • Major health problems: malnutrition, respiratory infections

  • Infant mortality rate: 18% (U.S. 0.7%)

  • Life expectancy at birth: 43 years (U.S. 76)


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Problems in Paqarimuy

  • Short growing season and high altitude limit agriculture

  • Fire destroyed village two years ago

  • Conflict between Paqarimuy and sister village or Taquile

  • Strained relations between villagers and leaders


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Positives in Paqarimuy

  • Healthy herds of sheep and alpaca

  • Ample pasturelands

  • Some fertile soil

  • Cooperation in performing chores

  • Cooperation in rebuilding village

  • Hard working villagers

  • Generally happy

  • Good sense of humor

Alpaca graze near Paqarimuy


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Helped Build Homes

Constructing an adobe hut


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Helped Build Greenhouse

Adobe Greenhouse (Incomplete)


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Taught Hygiene Classes

Volunteers teaching a hygiene class to village women, with Spanish and Quechua translators


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Expedition Volunteers

Expedition volunteers


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