Food Security Projects
As of 2004, the Q’ero subsisted on potatoes for every meal. Since then Heart Walk Foundation has funded greenhouses and other projects to ensure adequate food resources in Hapu and Quico villages. Every year new families need the vital nutrition provided by a greenhouse and trout farming.
In the course of our first few years of visiting with Q’ero families in a number of villages, we were struck by their daily diet consisting of only potatoes for every meal. They rarely ate meat and never any fruits or other vegetables.
To improve nutrition for the children, in 2010 we funded 7 greenhouses, one for each school we were assisting. The parents learned to raise vegetables to prepare for the children’s school lunches. The project was so successful that almost every family requested a family-sized greenhouse.
We have since funded 117 family greenhouses, with labor provided by each family. We have also distributed donated heirloom seeds and promoted seed saving in the villages. Our goal is to fund a few more greenhouses each year for new young families. The immense value of the greenhouse project is reflected in the children’s improved health and vitality.