Sustainability Initiatives - Racchi School | V27.
WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE FOUND A MANUFACTURING PARTNER IN PERU, WORLD TEXTILE SOURCING, WHO SHARES THIS VISION OF A HOLISTIC, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
One way that WTS is investing in future generations of their extended community is their commitment to childhood education in Racchi. Racchi is one of the traditional heritage communities located high in the Andes Mountains just outside of Cusco, Peru. Cusco is a tourist town and a stop for many people on their way to Machu Picchu, but surrounding Cusco are many small villages. Due to their isolation, the ancient traditions of Incan society are still the way of life in Racchi. The goal of WTS’s initiative is to improve the quality of childhood education. This is done by introducing tools that will help improve the community’s quality of life, while still respecting their culture and traditions.
Since 2014, WTS has been donating sewing machines to schools in Racchi. This donation helps parents, children and teachers make uniforms, aprons, and personal items for the community. In addition to the sewing machines, they provide fabric, thread, mask molds, elastics, and training. By teaching this skill not only are they increasing future income potential, but they are also creating a more engaged way of learning that fosters creativity. This program is designed to help the future generations in Racchi meet their own needs and preserve their way of life.
Last year during closures due to Covid-19, the Peruvian Government supplied students with tablets so they could continue their studies online. Because there is no internet connection in Racchi, WTS stepped in and donated smartphones that provided an internet connection so the students could continue their education from home. From there they also invested in a nonprofit organization called “Dígame Profe” or “Tell Me Teacher” which is a project to train teachers in Racchi about new technologies and platforms, (since tablet learning was not only new for the children, but also for the teachers themselves). This project improves their skills as teachers and helps them communicate more effectively with their students.
Physically improving the schools for safety and comfort is another component of this initiative. So far, WTS has been able to complete the following projects in Racchi: creating additional classroom spaces, reconstructing the library and greenhouse, implementing classroom textile/tooling audiovisuals, building a pedagogical park, and renovating roofing and water systems. They have also helped to create bio gardens in the community. Farming methods are taught as part of a workshop and the vegetables grown in the bio garden are then distributed among the community. The locally grown fruit and vegetables improves the overall health in Racchi.
It’s this commitment to preserving traditions while introducing tools to help future generations in Racchi that makes us proud to have WTS as our production partner in Peru.