Feb 7, 2017

Second mission to Cerro de Pasco

Children blood test for heavy metals
Children blood test for heavy metals

 

What is going on with our project #Restore Cerro De Pasco?

 

Last month we came back to the mining city of Cerro de Pasco, to go ahead helping local communities against human rights violations by extractive activities.
After many years working in Cerro de Pasco, Source International's pressure finally managed to attract the attention of the Peruvian Ministry of Health which, for the first time, sent a delegation with the task of collecting blood samples between children of the communities affected by environmental contamination. In late February, the ministry will announce results regarding the presence of lead in children's blood. Although research should be extended to other metals, lead is surely among the most dangerous. Among other effects, we can mention anemia, nerve and brain damages, kidney damage and infertility. In children also causes behavioral and learning difficulties.
 
Despite this positive sign the mining industry continues unabated its activities regardless of the compliance with environmental standards. The residues are discharged into rivers that originate in the area of Cerro de Pasco, in particular the Rio San Juan and Rio Tingo, putting at risk the magnificent surroundings and the lagoons of the Andean highlands, the source of clean water for the population and for the development of farming activities, fishing and agriculture. Local people still live in many of these activities and do not benefit from the mining that employs fewer and fewer people, destroying homes and lives of many others. Finally, waters flowing from these altitudes towards the two sides of the continent are dragging polluting waste into both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

Source International, pending the results of hair analysis and thanks to your help, is now developing a Human rights impact assessment. The aim of the study is to evaluate children's rights violations caused by mining activities and to serve as an effective tool for the local population to gain audience at the highest international institutions, including the UN. We also investigate State’s responsibility in failing to protect its citizens' health. We are especially considering what mechanisms exist to protect both the environment and the population of Cerro de Pasco and we continue advocating, influencing and working so that these environmental disasters do not go unnoticed and unpunished. We listen to the population, we raise awareness and we keep talk in loud voice about environment and human rights.

To go ahead with this important study we need your help as always.

And now more than before!
If you can donate to this big change for people of Cerro de Pasco, please do it now here.
Your support is essential for everyone who is involved into this project!

 

Thank you so much for being part of this CHANGE!
Pollution into the Rio San Juan
Pollution into the Rio San Juan
Local people are still living in poverty
Local people are still living in poverty
Grazing on contaminated land
Grazing on contaminated land
Local houses destroyed by mining detonations
Local houses destroyed by mining detonations
Mining Landscape
Mining Landscape

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Nov 15, 2016

Update and news!

 

We want to share with you some interesting news about the project you are supporting: #Restore Cerro De Pasco

First of all we are interpreting the environmental samples about water bodies quality in Pasco and we are waiting for hair results by our laboratory! So in one month an half we will discover what is happing in Cerro de Pasco and you will know more through our final Report.

Secondly we want to inform you about a great opportunity for Children of Cerro de Pasco: on 29 November, your donation for this Project will be extreamly impactful!

GivingTuesday is the international day of Giving to someone who need.

On that day your donation will be free of cost transaction! Moreover we can have the chance to win bonus prizes that we will use for legal actions for the project #RestoreCerroDePasco and to support all the laboratory analysis costs.

We need all your support and aid in this big project to save children's life in one of the most polluted area in the world.

All the people of Cerro de Pasco are alone, without any institution assistance.

They have nobody that help them. We are the only one organization that could give them hope and a new life!
 

Take part in Giving Tuesday and join the cause here!

 

 

Staff of Source International

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Sep 21, 2016

Working in Cerro de Pasco!

Thank you donors!
Thank you donors!

We have just came back from Cerro de Pasco.

These weeks were so much intense and constructive for all of us.

After a bad acclimation step at 4500 meters above sea level, we started soon the new study beginning with children’s hair sample in the municipality of Paraghsa, the most affected site here in the Simon Bolivar District, in Pasco, the andean region.

We sampled 81 childrens’s hair between 5-14 years old, who are the most vulnerable age range to heavy metals exposition. We will analyze heavy metals concentration in it: heavy metals are neurotoxic, carcinogenic, teratogenic and obviously toxic for our body, and for all living beings.

Paragha is surrounded by mountains of mining waste that are without  any type of isolation, so the contaminated dusts are everywhere and people who live 10 meters far from these high mountains are exposed 24 h a day to these contaminants. These polluttants pass through the soil into the subsoil and to the under water reserve that were exploted by mining activities too. So the water of this town is undrinkable  and the use is reduced at 1 hour a day!

Here in Cerro de Pasco multiple human rights are violated every day: human right to water, to education, to health, to live in clean environmental, to property, to information… simply it’s not respected the human right to LIFE!

Heavy metals make people sick and they kill them. Here the Cerro SAC company (ex Volcan company) is making a real environmental crime: we are talking of a genocide carried out by more than 50 years.

This territory is bumbarded by a lot of mines: everywhere you go, you find a mine in a radius of 10 Km.

Parallel to the health study we are sampling water of most affected rivers basins, some lakes transformed in mining waste desposals and tap water, always to detect heavy metals levels and to understand the enviornmental quality.

With your help we are carring out the chemical analysis and legal actions to move the city to a healthy site and asking to mining company to apply social responsability and reduce mining waste exposition to inhabitants.

We thank you a lot for your great and generous support. Above all who are thanking all of you are Paraghsa children and Pasco population!!

Hair sample
Hair sample
pH water: 1,46!
pH water: 1,46!
Open-pit mine!
Open-pit mine!
 
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