Project #23520

Restore Health in Cerro de Pasco

by Source International


Cerro de Pasco has been listed by Time Magazine as one of the ten most polluted places on earth. According to previous studies, 100% of the population should be urgently hospitalized for the level of their metals in the blood. The main responsible for these impacts is the gigantic Raul Rojas mine. The aim of this study is to further investigate the impacts that mine on health and use these data in order to obtain remediation for local communities through judicial and non-judicial mechanisms.
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Cerro de Pasco, Peru has been listed as one of the ten most polluted places on earth by Times Magazine. According to a study conducted in 2009 in the region, some metals were detected in water sources at concentrations up to 1,000 times the WHO limit while 100 percent of the population should have been urgently hospitalized for high blood level metals if WHO standards were applied. The severe pollution can be attributed to an openpit mining operation at the center of the community.


Improve the environmental health condition of Cerro de Pasco, Peru. To reach this goal, Source needs to work alongside the community to collect data demonstrating the effects of mining pollution to the region. The main actions are: perform scientific study on the quality of water, sediments, and community members' health; use the data to formally file complaints to the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Wastes and UN Special Rapporteur on Mental and Physical Health; and training the community.

Long-Term Impact

Source expects to create a positive policy change that can be applied to other mining areas in the country of Peru, which greatly enlarges the impact of the project. Trained promoters will perform basic environmental and social monitoring system for long-term project success. The total beneficiaries are almost 100,000 including, that will keep knowledge received, carrying on the protection of their environment, health and social system.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


National Geographic has made a reportage on Cerro
Vice has investigate the pit that swallow a city
It has been listed as the ugliest city of Peru
The 2009 complete study on environment and health

Organization Information

Source International

Location: Calci - Italy
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Flaviano Bianchini
Calci, Italy
$1,980 raised of $40,000 goal
57 donations
$38,020 to go
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