Sweet child peru is a project that works to create and improve life opportunities for high Andean children in Peru.
In July 2020 we took over 1200m2 of overgrown land attached to the Sillacancha primary school and started transforming it into an interactive learning garden that would also provide healthy organic meals for the children.
In the garden we have a stimulating learning environment where we can make the most of hands on learning experiences that combine gardening with math, science, history, geography, critical thinking, problem solving and other subjects.
Our outdoor classroom provides a shaded and peaceful spot to study with our fantastic teachers.
We have been providing many children with classes in organic gardening, English, computer literacy, tutoring help with their homework and fun emotional development classes where the children learn through play and group tasks.
In return for our work with the soil our garden has been bearing fruit, as of December 2020 we have been providing over 100 hot, healthy, organic meals per week for local children and parents. Malnutrition and Anemia are serious problems in the Peruvian Andes, being lack of energy and concentration significant symptoms. Before trying to educate our children we knew we had to attack this problem directly, in the garden we devote large areas to the production of iron rich crops, such as beans, broccoli and kale whilst supplementing their lunches with citrus fruits.
Our garden shows sustainable, organic agriculture methods in a way that is approachable and achievable for local farmers in the valley that are increasingly reliant on chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Our primary focus is regenerating the top soil via accessible organic methods.
Who is Sweet Child Peru Today
Shortly after the shut-down we quickly partnered with the local primary school , school that most of our children attended. The school provided us with a wild and unused plot of land that we have turned into an abundant and beautiful organic farm with a fledging orchard, and a verdant greenhouse. As children attend their lessons, we are able to feed over a 100 children nutritious meals. In a limited capacity now, that will grow when school reopens, small groups of children are also participating in our educational programs that engage them in learning about sustainable farming practices and additional classes in the areas of arts, environmental education, literacy, math and a social emotional learning activities and more.
Our new way forward as we work every day is now beginning to take hold and our organic educational teaching farm is a thriving teaching center headed by Diana Suero and Tom Henriksen. We are also creating the first children’s library in the area. To learn more about our work please see our Facebook and Instagram where you can learn about all that we do.
All board members are volunteers.