Monday, June 28, 2010

The first volunteers stay at the Casa Hogar del Sol volunteer house

by Leander Hollings
Pierrick and Maryline from France
Pierrick and Maryline from France are friends of Gopal from
Mysmallhelp Nepal. They had heard that Mysmallhelp is also supporting
projects in Ollantaytambo, Peru. Whilst travelling around Peru they
decided to come and visit the small small town of Ollantaytambo to
give their small help for three days.

They worked with the Paucarbamba community members helping to build
Cuylandia, the future guinea pig breeding and training centre for the
flood victims of the sacred valley. They helped by digging the
foundations of the protective wall. They also spent one day with the
families who lost their houses in the January floods in
Huayroncoyocpampa and used picks and spades to start cleaning the land
so that they can build new houses with stronger foundations. It is a
long and tiring task they have to handle if they want to stop living
in tents !

Maryline also joined Carlos and an american team who went to visit
shools in Pachar and Tastayoc providing dental health care to the

Everywhere their "small help" was warmly welcomed by the people they
worked with, and the almuerzos were always good moments to share with
the communities and to learn more about the places they were visiting.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

More Volunteers Help with Cuylandia

10th June 2010, Thursday
On Thursday June 10th, 8 volunteers from Loki arrived at 11am at the Ankapachar land and were taken in the back of a truck up to the Paucarbamba land where 950 more adobe bricks have been made. The Casa Hogar del Sol team together with the volunteers worked hard for 3 hours to move 500 of these bricks the new land. Lots of muscles aching the next day!

A big thank you to Loki Hostel, for donating 250 Soles to Casa Hogar del Sol for the cost of hiring the vehicle for moving the bricks for the day.

There are still 10,000 bricks to be made for the Cuylandia building. Watch this space!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Volunteers Help Build Cuylandia

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Volunteers helping build Cuylandia

On Thursday June 3rd 14 volunteers from Loki Hostel and Real Mccoy Cusco got together with the staff of Casa Hogar del Sol to make a human chain. Between 11am and 3pm the volunteer worked in 2 teams collecting stones of different sizes which will be used in the building of Cuylandia.

Human Chain of Volunteers Moving Stones
Despite the heat, the day was a great success and resulted in new friendships as well as 2 large piles of stones which will be moved to the Cuylandia Project in the very near future. Watch this space!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Harvesting Wheat

14 volunteers from The Real McCoy and Loki went to the new site in Ancapachar to help clear the land on which Cuylandia will be built. Splitting up into two teams, the volunteers started harvesting the wheat from the land with hand-held sickles and piling it up ready to be taken away. After a break for a delicious lunch the volunteers continued harvesting and, by the end of the day, had cleared nearly all the crop from the site - leaving it almost ready for the building of Cuylandia to commence.