On a trip to Cusco, Peru in 2003, Tim and Penelope Eicher learned that the Hapu Q’ero mountain people were facing starvation. Too much rain had rotted their potato crops – the only food they could grow in their remote villages that lie at elevations above 12,000 feet. Over 400 villagers were forced to eat their emergency supply of seed potatoes, leaving nothing to plant the coming year, and nothing more to eat.
“We can find help! Americans are very generous, and there’s no need for people to starve,” was the Eichers’ instant response.
Since that fateful day, Heart Walk Foundation has become an international humanitarian organization that collaborates with remote Q’ero tribal villages in the high Andes Mountains of Peru.