Comunidad Campesina de Huama, Peru
Richar Velarde Casafranca
Local Hero Richar Velarde Casafranca has succeeded against all odds in improving the educational opportunities for the Huama community. Richar is a teacher and the principal of a school for the Quechua people located in an isolated region of the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes. The Quechua are a diminishing population who still speak their native language, believe in communal living, are hard-working and value education. Despite the significant challenges posed by the harsh terrain and lack of government support, Richar is undaunted and the children are eager to learn.
Richar and his wife Jessica organized the local Quechua to form Comunidad Campesina de Huama, a community-based organization providing schooling to over 220 students. In addition to academics and traditional crafts, the school teaches both Quechua and Spanish to minimize discrimination while traveling outside of their community and to increase the children’s long-term survival opportunities. Richar has created a nurturing educational environment where the children are able to maintain their culture, learn new skills, receive nutritious meals and thrive. Read more about GO’s projects with Richar below.
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