TODAY IN ROTARY representatives of the HeartWalk Foundation, a local non-profit which “supports the preservation of native cultures and earth-honoring traditions” shared their efforts on behalf of the Q’ero tribes, scattered across the Andes Mountains east of Cuzco, Peru, living in tiny villages at elevations between 12,000 and 15,000 feet. Because access to these remote villages is so difficult, the people lack communication, plumbling, electricity, and access to jobs. Their lives are extremely harsh.
Since the HeartWalk Foundation was established, the NPO has funded 110 greenhouses to provide leafy green vegetables for every family; and, stocked alpine lakes with over 12,000 trout to provide a protein food source for malnourished men, women and children.
The Heart Walk Foundation also provides the Q’ero with a safe means to earn an income by buying and reselling their weavings with all proceeds re-invested in community projects.
The Heart Walk Foundation has built 12 classrooms in the region and assists with teacher salaries, leveraging our accomplishments to engage Peru’s Ministry of Education to fund teachers and classroom materials in these isolated communities.
The Heart Walk Foundation also sees to improve the health of mothers and babies by supporting the needs of the first modest clinic outpost in the region where a nurse and an assistant provide care to 1000 people scattered across the mountains.
Current needs for the new clinic outpost include:
* Solar panel system for light and power $1000
* 2 burner camp stove w/ a 5-gallon gas tank $100
* Portable dental system $2000
* Satellite phone or short wave for ER’s $900
* Beds, mattresses and blankets $900
* Fetal monitor, battery-powered with gels $50
For more information or to donate, see www.heartwalkfoundation.org or call Penelope Eicher at 435-619-0797 or Tim Eicher at 435-669-0804.