Spread your wings: a tale of responsible travel in Peru
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
Rainbow Tours has joined forces with Condor Travel in South America to support WINGS, a non-profit organisation helping disadvantaged people in Peru live a better quality life. At Huatata Preschool and Primary School, Rainbow has funded food and the construction of a vegetable garden.
WINGS was established in 2007, its mission; to contribute to the development of sustainable and responsible tourism in Peru, helping people to live a better quality of life in areas of extreme poverty. Through the development of various communitybased projects, tourists can visit and learn more about people living in these areas of Peru and contribute to their development through donations and volunteer work.
Current projects include the construction of a system to filter rainwater (providing access to safe drinking water to 150 families), supporting underprivileged children through sponsorship opportunities, and rural home improvements to create a better living situation for families. The organisation also manages donations supplying food and educational materials for some of the poorest public schools in the country.
A report carried out by WINGS highlighted the fact that food is the main priority for the school, which has very high rates of malnutrition. What is currently being delivered to the school each month by the government doesn’t even reach a quarter of what is required to feed the children basic breakfast and lunch each day.
Rainbow Tours has donated money in order to supply food and has funded the construction of a vegetable garden enabling the children at the school to grow their own food, add fresh produce to their diet and lead a more sustainable life.
RAINBOW TOURS & WINGS
Rainbow Tours is committed to responsible travel and in September 2016 chose to support Huatata Preschool and Primary School based in the Chinchero District, located around 150 kilometres from Cusco. Forty-nine children attend the school in total, seventeen at the pre school (aged four to six) and 32 at the primary school (aged seven to twelve) and because of a very poor diet, a staggering 85% are anaemic.
THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
The vegetable garden, complete with its own irrigation system, took one month to construct, and on November 20th 2016 the school held an opening ceremony where a local priest blessed the garden.
PLANTING THE VEGETABLES
Chard, onions, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflowers, radishes, spinach, carrots, lettuce and tomatoes have all been planted. The teachers have been trained on how to take care of the garden and in turn they are teaching the children, who are involved in planting the seeds and picking the crops once they are ready.
RAINBOW TOURS VISIT
Amanda Sweeney, Latin America Product Manager at Rainbow Tours, travelled to Peru in November to attend the opening ceremony and delivered over 40 kilograms of children’s clothing to the school, gathered from employees at Rainbow Tours, Regent Holidays and Western & Oriental.
Rainbow Tours will continue to support the school throughout 2017. A new roof is required for the main building, chairs and tables need replacing, a kitchen-diner needs constructing and recreational games such as swings and a slide are all on the list to help the children of Huatata Preschool and Primary School have a better start in life.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1) Sponsor an underprivileged child for a small donation per month WINGS will ensure that your sponsored child receives nutritious food, new clothing, educational materials and medical care.
2) Book your Peru holiday with Rainbow Tours. For each booking to Peru, Rainbow Tours will donate £15 per passenger to WINGS in order to continue supporting Huatata Preschool and Primary School.