What is a Community Project?
A community project is a tool in which the solution to a problem is laid out or the satisfaction of a need is felt through a community. This is to say that it is a plan of action put into detail to resolve a problem, various problems or the collective necessities of a certain community.
A community project is also a combination of oriented activities that satisfy or resolve the most urgent necessities and desperate needs of a community. It is fundamentally oriented for people who form part of the community and for people who know how the real situation is in this particular area.
The community projects form part of the social projects, which result in the improvement in the quality of life for people by satisfying their basic needs.
These projects need to be thorough enough so that we can respond to the needs of the communities by bringing them solutions in a methodological manner and by taking into consideration the municipal, state, and national development plans.
Why do we carry out community projects?
By taking part in these community projects, you will be able to offer help for these local communities.
Community projects are of great importance because they allow problems to be solved and/or satisfy the important needs of a certain part of the population. Its objective is to search for the solutions to specific problems, which allow us to improve a population’s social conditions. These projects are generally geared to the production of certain social goods or the benefit of specific social services.
With carrying out these community projects, we can be able to help communities who live in extreme poverty.
Who are the community projects directed at?
The community projects are exclusively directed to those communities that need help to improve the conditions of life for their inhabitants, as well as for the development of a community.
Who benefits from it?
Upon carrying out community projects, the only beneficiaries are the inhabitants of these rural communities who suffer from extreme poverty, generating a way to improve their quality of life.
Why did Peru Grand Travel decide to conduct their first project with the Paru-Paru community?
The Peru Grand Travel company opted to carry out the first community project with the Paru-Paru community because we saw that within this community there is a high poverty index, even thought there are still support programs from the state that are directed at the rural and indigenous communities. These programs do not efficient help the Paru-Paru community out, ending up leaving them abandoned by the authorities.
To help reduce the high poverty index in the rural community of Paru-Paru.
Paru-Paru and Peru Grand Travel
How will we achieve it?
Ecological touristic project in the Kinsa Ccocha and Azul Ccocha Lagoons for the benefit of the community: This project will help generate income for the local inhabitants where the community will be an active element in this touristic activity. The Paru-Paru community receives support from the Peru Grand Travel agency to successfully put together the realization of this project.
Carrying out entrepreneurial chats: By us carrying out these entrepreneurial chats for the inhabitants of Paru-Paru, they will result in us being able to contribute to the improvement of the economic income of the community. These talks will generally be based around tourism and how to make the daily activities of the community assist in generating economic income for their families.
Making donations: It is a way to be able to help the Paru-Paru community during the winter months by making donations of foodstuffs that can be useful for the whole community where they help to combat the strong freezing temperatures that occur during the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October.
Description of the Paru-Paru community:
Location of the Paru-Paru community:
The Paru-Paru community is located to the northwest of the district of Pisac in the upper part, in the Quechua ecological region called Suni at 4,500 meters above sea level, at 11 kilometers in distance. To access this town, you need to travel along a dirt road, which begins in the central town of Q’ello-Q’ello, passing by the Amaru community, which culminates into the Paru-Paru community.
The temperature during the rainy season gets down to 4.5 degrees Celsius and reaches an average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. In the dry season, also known as the winter season, the temperatures drops to around -3.7 degrees Celsius, with the coldness being quite strong here.
Creation of the community:
The known date of the creation of the rural community of Paru-Paru is the 21st of May 1952. Every year on the 21st of May, they put on activities here to celebrate the community of Paru-Paru.
The community of Paru-Paru is located in the district of Pisaq. The main authority of the community is the mayor of the district of Pisaq: Julian Quispe Quispe.
Dwellings in the Paru-Paru Community:
Most of the dwellings in the Paru-Paru community have an obvious rural influence, using both adobe as the predominant structural material as well as in the covering of tiles and straw to obtain their own weather conditions of the Andes.
Most of the dwellings that are found in this rural area are linked to their productive activity that is to say that they have spaces for the raising of vaccinated livestock such as for sheep, pigs, and younger animals. This is a factor that puts to risk the possibility of contagiousness of any illness that the local inhabitant ends up getting.
Number of population:
According to the census conducted in the year 2007, the Paru-Paru community had 144 rural dwellings with a population of 652 inhabitants.
Daily activities of the Paru-Paru community:
The Paru-Paru community has an economic livelihood dependent on the agriculture and touristic activity that goes on in the community. They dedicate themselves to agriculture but due to the fact that working, as a porter is a considerable form of income, they also are porters.
The main activity among some parts of the population of the community is agriculture, followed by herding, however artisanal activity, as a consequence of the recent incursion of tourists, is growing at an enormous pace.
Resources of great importance of the Paru-Paru community:
The Paru-Paru community has potential in hydric resources because of the Ccocha and Azul Ccocha Lagoons being the biggest factor. The hydric reserves are most important for watering their crops from the bottom of the intermediary valley and for the Quechua people in the district of Pisac. This natural and ecological environment is advantageous for the stunning presence of wild flora and fauna.
There is a high poverty index and abandonment in the Paru-Paru community, which increases health problems in which results into a high index of mortality in children and older adults, due to the lack of health facilities within the communities. The health facilities are all located further away.
The majority of the inhabitants of the Paru-Paru community are catholic, however their worship is intimately linked to the Andean religion. They continue to maintain their ancestral cult beliefs of the Pachamama and the Apus.
The special relationship with the environment, which is considered sacred, is expressed during festivals throughout the year, such as the Santuruma Tinkay, an invocation of gratitude to the Pachamama. This festival is in hope of bringing the good production of native potatoes and the maintaining of the associated biodiversity to the knowledge of local tradition. There is also a festival for their farms, known as the Papa Watay, which can be translated as the “Imprisonment of the Spirit of the Potatoes”, held in May or June, once the potato harvest has started.
The Paru-Paru community has three important religious festivals:
- Señor Dulce Nombre de Jesús (celebrated every 6th of September)
- Santísima Virgen de Magdalena Concebida
- San Isidro Labrador
Tourist Attractions in the Paru-Paru community:
- The Kinsa Ccocha Lagoon
- The Azul Ccocha Lagoon