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Development Initiatives in Peru

In August, 2010 I spent 2 weeks in Peru. Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu….all the normal places tourists go.

At the same time I had the great good fortune to meet two remarkable women doing humanitarian work in the Sacred Valley. One, whose work was focused on improving nutrition for the school children in the indigenous communities in the Sacred Valley, was a 79-year-old British woman. Her name is Sonia Newhouse and she runs a UK-based charity called “Living Heart”…..The second, a French woman working with her husband, has started a multi-cultural school in Urubamba, right in the middle of the Sacred Valley. Her name is Marie-Helene Miribel and she and her husband, Franz Schilter, have founded the Sol Y Luna School.

As with all of the short films I’ve produced as part of the New Silk Road series, I’m seeking to document the way of life of the people. In this one, however, I’m focusing more on the educational and nutritional aspects of the children, rather than the basic economy. I simply saw the opportunity (when I met these two remarkable women) to document this point on the continuum of development in this important Latin American country. When you see a path: take it.

Please view our short film that introduces these humanitarian workers and links their work to the ongoing efforts by many public, private and NGO workers around the world to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The efforts of these people, all doing their part in helping to achieve the 8 MDGs, are to be congratulated for their time, their energy, and their ongoing commitment to reducing poverty around the world.

Are you involved in a project that contributes to one of the 8 MDGs? Do you want to document it here? Please contact me at jane@SedonaCyberLink.com and tell me your story…..or, leave your story here on the comment thread. We’re so delighted to hear from you.