In late February 2020, a glacial avalanche tumbled off Salkantay peak into Salkantaycocha lake, causing mudslides and flooding in the Salkantay River Valley. In an area where I camped in 2010 hiking Salkantay to Machu Picchu, nearly 300 people are missplaced and several have been killed. From all my travels to Peru over the past decade, I know there is a very limited emergency system to support these communities. Once the area is stabilized, often the catastrophe is forgotten.
We are asking for your help and donation so that Project Inti - with a group of local Peruvian volunteers - can bring basic goods to support these people once it is safe. As always, we buy from local markets to support the local economy and get the goods where they are needed. Knowing we are currently in a worldwide pandemic with the COVID-19 virus, we know how scarce resources are right now. In the current moment, we are able to access these items in local markets. And we greatly appreciate all your support. Teaching proper hygiene and prevention of spreading diseases has always been one of our most important education projects and is even more relevant now.
Peru has shared with the world the iconic magic and mystery of Machu Picchu. This is a very small opportunity for us to come together and share a little healing. I personally thank you for every single contribution.