Sacclio Reservoir & Agriculture School
The mission of The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) is to harness collective intelligence to support community led development in the highlands of Peru. This means connecting farmers and communities to resources and capacity building to support their development, whether it’s from the national government or organizations like Surf For Life.
In 2009, the AASD began designing and implementing school garden and greenhouse projects to address malnutrition in these high-altitude, isolated communities. In 2012, the AASD implemented the first family greenhouse project, which put the tools for fresh veggies in the hands of individual families. Since 2014, they have been working alongside the national school lunch program to consult and support the development of a national school garden initiative.
They continue to support, improve, and expand these initiatives through experiential learning programs. They believe that responsibly designed intercultural exchanges must focus on listening and responding to community identified needs, and that this process can result in mutual growth and development. The AASD works with all levels of academia to design and facilitate learning programs that impact communities and visitors, from high-level research with graduate students to service learning programs.
In the community of Sacclio, an informal agriculture school and demonstration farm has been spreading an organic agricultural revolution for over a decade. Locally created and run, the Nina Cusiyupanqui Family Farm, known as EcoHuella, provides agricultural extension classes and workshops in a manner that aligns with customary methods of education found in Andean Communities.
In partnership with the Eco Huella Farm and the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development, we will help support small-scale farmers and agricultural development. Our collaboration will result in the expansion and improvement of the school’s infrastructure through the building of classrooms, a kitchen, dormitories, and bathrooms, thus allowing for increased program enrollment and smoother facilitation of the workshops. The project may include the building of beds, desks and tables, installing water and electricity, painting, and much more.