«Sunrise Peru Trek» is located in Cusco over 3,400 meters above sea level. The owner is a Peruvian guide who understands the real problems and needs that are present in our country; especially in the highlands. Our porters mainly come from the highlands of Cusco. We are very interested in helping the development of our brothers that live in the same country. Unfortunately, there are some foreign tour operators that talk the same theme but in reality what they say is not true. They say they pay their porters well and make social projection while their porters only wear few clothes. They are sometimes unprepared for the climate. This isn’t fair, it is an insult. We are Peruvians and local operators from Cusco. We are motivated to provide good treatment to porters and help their families and their communities. At first, we’ll visit different communities of our porters like: Lares, Amparaes, Patacancha, Willoc, Calca, Yanahuara, Anta, Huarocondo, Cattca, T’inki, llaccacheta, etc.
Every year “Sunrise Peru Trek” continues to donate and distribute clothes, school equipment packs to selected schools in the Lares, Amparaes and Ausangate regions of Peru. Each pack consists of an exercise book (100 pages, square ruled), plastic folder, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, and ruler, packet of crayons (usually 12 crayons in each packet) or packet of cultured pencils depending on age of children. The cost of each packet is about US$4 we will also donate general items such as boxes of plain paper (white A4 photocopier type), card of various colors, paints and brushes, ballpoint pens, encyclopedia, books, dictionaries, educational posters and additional crayons and cultured pencils.
Between 2013 and 2015 we managed to distribute school equipment packs every year to more than 2000 children from 15 schools mainly in the Ausangate region.
We’ll realize that they need work. They say «we will do anything we just want to work to help us our selves.
«Sunrise Peru Trek» tour operator is committed to organizing projects within the Andean communities in Cusco-Peru.
Community projets: We know that tourism activity is very important in our country and especially in Cusco. It contributes to Peru’s economy and provides employment for many people. Unfortunately, their communities aren’t sharing in any of the financial gains. Since the initiation of our activities in tourism as a tour operator specializing in trekking, we’ll try to understand how hard is the life for the communities. Starting Christmas 2001, we wanted to do something for the children of our porters. We traveled to Cattca – Ausangate and had a Christmas party giving gifts to the children (300). We had a party with hot chocolate and pannetone and we shared a special day. We were glad to see the happy faces of the children. After this time, we promised to do this activity every year in different communities. We can say that we were the first ones doing this kind of activities without any financial interest.
In Christmas 2002, we travelled to Arequipa to one of the orphanages (200 children) in «Cerro Colorado» and we had the same party for the children giving gifts, pannetone and hot chocolate.
In Christmas 2003, we travelled to Lares and Amparaes to distribute clothes for children (400 children) in these places, we had the same party for the children giving gifts, pannetone and hot chocolate.
In Christmas 2003, we travelled to Amparaes where most of our porters come from. In this time, we travelled in our own van carrying with gifts, pannetone, and hot chocolate and so on.
In Christmas 2004, we were in Lares doing the same activity for 300 children.
In Christmas 2014, 2015, 2016, we celebrated Christmas with three communities in different places one of which was Chaquepay, Paucarmarka, Siwincca and other Communities.
Another community was Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 200 children (another group of our porters are from here). The last party for the children was in Ollantaytambo. We gave gifts to over 800 children, and pannetone and hot chocolate. We are very proud promoting these kinds of activities. For Christmas 2009, we had parties in three communities. The three communities were Ollantaytambo (for 1,000 children), Huarocondo (400 children) and Lares (Pumapunku 300 children).
We want to give special thanks to Joakim Bendezu from Sweden. He started to visit and help with materials and money for the primary school of Patacancha since 2004.
We have ambitious projects for the different communities of our porters such as giving educational materials for their children. We know that education it is very important and we want to start with this, we know that it is very expensive to send their children to school because they need materials and clothing. Often instead of sending their children to school they prefer to send them to work.
Projects to help rural communities
«Sunrise Peru Trek» team has decided to help our porters by donating a large percentage of our profits directly into helping the community. Definitely our most ambitious projects in the future will be the construction of schools. The communities that will benefit from this are Lares, Amparaes, Patacancha, Willoc and Cattca. Sunrise Peru Trek is committed to building a school every year and is currently involved in a project to build a primary school near Lares, Cusco. If you are part a group who would like to sponsor a project such as this or even an individual, let us know. There are many communities in the need of help. 2007 and 2010 were directed at some of the porter’s communities in the mountains of Lares and Amparaes
Construction of Schools
In 2007, we wanted to build a school in Chaquepay Community, Huarocondo. There were 20 porters from this town and they urgently need it. Unfortunately, their school was destroyed by erosion over time.
In Chaquepay Community, there are 300 adults and 400 children. People from this community are mainly shepherds looking after sheep. «Sunrise Peru Trek» will donate $ 3,000 USD. This money will be used to build a much needed school and the local community will provide the general manpower providing them with more work.
Donations of School Materials
The porter’s children need educational materials such as pens, crayons, paper, etc. We also want to provide school supplies. Funding for schools in the villages is extremely poor especially for primary school teacher’s wages are minimal and many lack resources and enthusiasm. This project is aimed at helping the conditions in some of the schools by providing luxury items such as pencils, pencils and paper.
Support to Children’s Orphanage
We want to thank to Marjorie Aubin and Galberth Aubin (from Canada) for their visit and for the gifts that they have given to our Children at «Antonio de Lorena» Orphanage Cusco, on January 2008 and 2010. Our Children are very thankful with them.