We have only a few days left in Ciudad de Dios, and we are fighting to get the project finished before we leave!! Here is a message that MOCHE is sending out explaining our current struggle and how you can help:
We are currently in Northern Peru helping to construct a potable water system for Ciudad de Dios, a village of 60 displaced squatter families. This project was organized by the non-profit organization, MOCHE, Inc., in conjunction with volunteers from Engineers Without Borders, the UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter of Nourish International, Duke Engage, and residents from the community. Over the last month we have nearly completed the project but we need help raising $5,000 that will allow us to complete the project in July. This amount includes of the cost of 125 three-inch pipes for the main water line (each 15 foot pipe costs USD $17) and the wages to compensate community members for part of their labor on the project. Each family in the community works several days of free work. In turn, we pay each family for several additional days of work.
MOCHE has been working with this underrepresented population over the past 10 years to develop sustainable infrastructure including a primary school and roads in exchange for the protection of valuable archeological sites. Not only will the completion of the water system improve the daily lives of the people of Ciudad de Dios, it will qualify the community’s school for government-paid teachers. The community has worked hand-in-hand with volunteers to learn how to manage and maintain the water system. MOCHE is helping to bring basic amenities to Ciudad de Dios as well as providing its citizens with skills and opportunities to better their economic status.
Community members and student volunteers have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality. With your help, we can finish the project before by the end of July. Time is of the essence! Please go to PayPal now and make a tax deductible donation to [email protected] and help us bring water to Ciudad de Dios. This is truly an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people and help an incredible organization serve those most in need.
All donated funds will be used to purchase pipe and pay wages to community members. Not one cent will be used for overhead costs or project management. All contributions are tax deductible; MOCHE, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. Donors will receive a letter of appreciation with relevant tax information. If you have any questions about MOCHE or would like to get more involved, please contact us at [email protected].
Thank you for your time and donations!
The Team at MOCHE, Inc.
Currently in Hunachaco, Peru