AYMARA PEOPLES – New Computers & Green Houses
“We all need to wake up and change the paradigm in the world today… we’ve confused the pursuit of happiness with a pursuit of things. In America, we’re taught to look upstream to see who has more things, better things. My hope is to help people to look downstream and pull others up.”- Chimu
Located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in western Bolivia, South America, the city of Tiwanaku (also spelled Tiahuanaco) is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site and was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 and 1050 AD. The monumental remains of this great culture include several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, monoliths and mysterious carvings of gods gone by. Arriving later, the Incas regarded Tiwanaku as the site of creation by their god Viracoca, who rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca. It was the capital of an empire that extended into present-day Peru and Chile, flourishing from AD 500 to 1050.
Tiwanaku is recognized by Andean scholars as one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca Empire; it was the administrative capital of a major state power for approximately five hundred years. The ruins of the ancient city state are near the south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca in Tiwanaku Municipality, Ingavi Province, La Paz Department, about 72 km (45 mi) west of La Paz and are a popular tourist attraction.
Inti Raymi Fund and Green Houses for Casa Achute
Tiwanaku Casa Achute is situated high up in the harsh and mostly arid Andean Mountains of Bolivia at over 13,000ft. This extreme and severe location the Aymara People call home, is a result of a mass exodus from the Conquistador’s Invasion in the early 1500’s. Sustaining agriculture and livestock here is a constant struggle. In light of this, and at the request of the community, the Inti Raymi Fund provided substantial funding for a new modern computer center and approximately 95 greenhouses for the community of Casa Achute, Tiwanaku, Bolivia. The Inti Raymi Fund has visited the areas of Tiwanaku, Bolivia roughly 5 times over the past 5 years. Having established a relationship with a number of the locals, and guides there, we discovered the smaller rural community of Casa Achute behind the township and ruins of Tiwanaku.
After our presentation and after several months of contemplation, the residents of Casa Achute opted for two projects with their $25,000 Grant. They decided to allocate roughly $5,000 towards a computer learning center. This allowed them to gain Agricultural Information so vital in helping them sustain themselves and to provide education, news and the awareness necessary for survival in modern times.
Casa Achute, with its less visible location behind the ruins of Tiwanaku, a popular tourist destination, had been unable to attract any of the tourist trade as had its better situated neighbor. To remedy this and gain another much needed source of income for the village, the residents plan to create a web site geared to attracting the eco-tourism and anthropological tourism business, which they so far have been unable to do, given their location and limited access to promotional tools.
With the remaining funds, they constructed approximately 95 smaller greenhouses and currently harvest a wide range of agricultural products providing a healthier diet and life for the residents of the village. These Greenhouses help to mitigate the difficulties farming in such an unforgiving terrain and altitude and provide a much needed variety to their main crop, potato, which offers very minimal nutritional value.
Start Date: February, 2013
Completion Date: January, 2014
Funded so far: $25,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 250
Eduardo Choque & Chaski-IRF Director