Peru has been decimated by Covid-19. This project will help the indigenous community of Chincero recover in several ways. Over 80% of their economy has come from traditional textile weaving, but markets have disappeared due to the pandemic. Tourism-dependent families are starving, elders and children are at risk. The Ayni project revives traditional agricultural methods to provide food, help bring technology to children for education and protect the elders and traditional teaching and wisdom.
The indigenous community in Chinchero, Peru has been badly affected by Covid-19. Prevention measures and help from the government have been absent. There is a dire food shortage. Globalization and tourism created an economy in which 80% of the community were employed as traditional textile-producing artisans. Now there is no market for their goods. Children are being educated in community homes since there is no internet and access to computers. This increases the risk of virus spread.
3 Generations has established the Ayni Relief Fund to jump-start a new way of life for families in Chinchero. This fund will help revive traditional agri-businesses, build new homes, buy food, medicine and warm clothes for elders and children. It will help provide tablets and internet antennas so that children can access the online education offered by the government. These measures will help prevent the spread of Covid-19, and prevent hunger and isolation.
The impact of tourism on indigenous communities, has been both beneficial and harmful. During this global crisis, individuals, a community and ancient wisdom are at risk. By supporting our Ayni Relief Fund during the Covid-19 pandemic you will help an ancient society return to sustainable and traditional ways of life. The concept of Ayni, fundamental to the culture in Chincero is based on reciprocity: if you help me, I will in turn help you. This cultural patrimony is needed everywhere today.