Green Quente Foundation
Green Quente Foundation
The existence of thousands of travel agencies in Peru motivated us to work in a different way than them, all of them believe and think that a Social Responsibility is just give presents to the kids during Christmas and forget this kids the rest of the year, they do something that in Kaypi we know as a “Just for the Picture”.
Our slogan is a “Different way of Adventure”, but this slogan doesn’t work just for our travelers and customers, this slogan is especially for our kids and workers because we are thinking that our lifes are still a complete adventure and we want to help our kids and workers to have the best adventure.
Green Quente Foundation was created in 2014 when one of our workers talked us about his community PUMAURCO, this community had big problems with the nature during the rainy season of 2014, and some of the families lost a big percentage of their business and food. It was when the office staff try to talk with the local president to convince them to work for us as a porters ad chefs in our hiking routes.
Finally, they accepted and we start to register them with the Culture Minister and Work Minister who are the ones who control and regulate jobs like the porters. We help them to pass a heath test, get their national ID, get their ID to be workers of protected areas in Cusco and of course we provided them and their families with a health insurance.
We teached them about this kind of work, about the client service, about how to do tents, how to clean the trails and other things, it was when they invited us to their community, we went to PUMAURCO and it was when we loved their kids, kids with all the enthusias to be better that their fathers, kids with a big heart, and it was when we said that the only thing that they did not have was the opportunity to have a better future.
This day we decide to bring and provide this opportunity, we are still a small company if you want to compare us with the monsters but we want to give to this kids all kind of opportunities because “THEY ARE OUR FUTURE”
The impact of Green Quente Foundation was really considerable even with our short presence in this community.
EMPLOYMENT FOR ADULTS:
Before our program in PUMAURCO, the 98% of its adult population were just farmers, but now approximately 40% of their adult population work with us as a porters and chefs, when they were just farmers the only way to get money was during the harvesting season but now they have the opportunity to get cash at any time when we have hiking groups and provide to their families a better life conditions. However they don’t leave their farmlands, they work in their farmlands when we don’t have groups. Now we are working with one hundred and fifty porters and all of them are from PUMAURCO, of course they don’t have the opportunity to work at the same time is the reason because we use the rotation system to coordinate their work.
EDUCATION FOR KIDS:
During August of 2015, we start with our program of education with the child’s of our porters, basically we try to give an extra education to this kids because they have access to our free national education but the thing that happen with communities that are located faraway from big cities is that the teachers go to schools just twice a week or at most three days per week, it is when we decide to change this difficulty, our tour guides three times a month give English lessons, our office staff give history and culture lessons five times a month, and also once a month we bring the kids to the city to teach them about the technology and the future.
We know that is not a lot, but step by step we want to introduce more and more options for them, we consider that the education is the base of all societies and in this case we want to help to provide this kids a better future for them and their families, we are very happy because day by day we are changing their mentalities, just to have an example their objective at the beginning was just finish the high school but now some of them are thinking in university after high school to be a Tour Guides, Professional Chefs, Accountant, Lawyers, or Doctors and we try to make their dreams true.
We still want to be part of their preparation and education to have a better future, is the reason because we are opening this project, we will work with the district of San Salvador to provide our kid’s school with computers, mini soccer field, toilets and other services, we are collecting money from some of our passenger and our staff to make this project real. We know that is a little difficult because here in our country the burocracy is enormous but our dream is provide our kids with all the necessary things to make their years in the school the best time and time to remember during all their life.
Sounds like basic things but here in Peru is really difficult for students have a computers or soccer field in their schools especially when their schools are located in a small villages faraway of big cities.