Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru. It was founded in 1531 and currently has well over a million inhabitants, and growing. People are moving from the mountains, jungles, and countrysides seeking work, education, and opportunities for themselves and their children.
Our partners on the ground are working in six barrios (small communities) around the city, each with a population of around 1,000 – 1,200 people in each barrio. These barrios are mostly populated by women and children. Their population consists of about 4 women to every one man, and the women typically have 4 – 5 children each. The families survive on less than $300 a month and that’s for a family of 5 – 10 people.
Yoler (one of the leaders in Peru) had heard that A Generous Life was going to be in Ecuador in June 2014 teaching our partners there how to build an aquaponics system, so he scheduled bus tickets for his family to meet us there. He wanted to learn all about aquaponics, so that he could help the people of the barrios in Peru. At the end of the week in Ecuador, he thanked us for everything and then made a statement, “Eric you will see aquaponics in Trujillo, Peru by next year!”
The Plan is to help make sure Yoler’s statement comes true and help him be successful in building and teaching the barrios they work in. We will be raising the funds to be able to build an Aquaponics System on land owned by our partners in Milagro (a barrio).
This will do a few things for our partners:
- It will allow them to produce fruits, vegetables and fish (protein) to help feed the people they are working with, bringing them better nutrition.
- It will allow them to be able to teach individuals from these barrios how to set up their own small systems and maintain them for their own use and to take to market, creating their own micro business that helps feed their family as well as creates an income stream.
- It will produce enough fruits, vegetables, and fish to take to market for sale. This will help our partners to sustain the project financially.
In addition, we plan to also bring them Sawyer water filters to help with the parasite problem in the drinking water. We will bring enough filters to produce 30 gallons of clean water every 20 minutes.
The cost of this project is only $3,000. It’s only $3,000 to help this group help 1,000’s of people today and into the future in one of the most extreme situations on this planet.
Our goal is to raise the total amount by the end of April 2015, which would allow us to start the building of the Aquaponics System in April 2015. With your help we can bring the project a sustainable solution to their food and water problems, while supplying them a means to educate the community on sustainable farming.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time!”