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.
GET TO KNOW OUR PARTNER: GLOBAL FOREST GENERATION
Right now, reforestation is essential. It’s one of the simplest, most cost-effective solutions to alleviate the water scarcity and biodiversity loss caused by climate change. We rely on forests for water. Trees perpetuate the water cycle, returning water vapor to the atmosphere through their leaves. And healthy forest ecosystems are home to 80% of the Earth’s land animals and plants, offering the best hope for protecting our planet’s remaining biodiversity.
We believe that truly sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Which is why we are currently committed to planting one tree per order in partnership with Global Forest Generation.
GFG was founded in 2018, and they are focused on the large-scale and long-term restoration of priority forest ecosystems by planting the right species – native trees – in the right places. One of those places is the Andes Mountains of South America.
There used to be abundant forest coverage in this region, but a growing population and increasing agricultural production have caused significant deforestation. The forests of the Andes are critical for the Indigenous populations who rely on them for food, water, and jobs.
No technology can do what trees do naturally. Trees are gigantic carbon collectors and reservoirs – soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it within their trunks, branches, and forest soil. Healthy, restored ecosystems result in climate resilience. Because this area is considered one of the most threatened areas to deforestation, GFG’s tree planting projects are aimed at protecting Peru's beautifully diverse forests and additionally restore degraded land.
Stay tuned for updates on how you can help us support their conservation efforts.
There’s no future without forests. Get involved. Visit www.globalforestgeneration.org to learn more.
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