The Hatters Explorer Scout Unit Greenhouse Project in partnership with Living Heart Peru and the Scouts of Peru in Viacha.
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In August 2018, The Hatters travelled to Viacha in, Peru. We worked with a charity called Living Heart Peru and with the help of the charity, the community, five Peruvian scouts and 49 amazing young people, we built a thermal mass greenhouse built from local stone and mud.
Viacha is the poorest community in the Pisac area and one of the poorest in the Cusco region. In Viacha, a combination of weather, climate and poor soil mean that it is extremely difficult to grow anything other than potatoes. Furthermore, the distance from Viacha to the nearest major town, Cusco, and poor infrastructure means there are very few opportunities for the villagers to work and earn money.
The leader team had been planning with ‘Living Heart Peru’ since early 2016. It is a brilliant and ambitious charity; in more accessible villages they have built three successful ‘thermal mass greenhouses’. These are typically 100m long with mud and stone walls, a wooden frame and plastic roof. The greenhouse retains temperature and moisture so that a variety of herbs, salads and vegetables can be cultivated all year round.
An insulated plastic roof retains the heat of the sun during the day, and maintain temperatures during the freezing nights. The greenhouse will provide the community with the conditions needed to grow a variety of nutritious and profitable produce.
You can read more on about our project in this leaflet:
More information on Living Heart can be found via this link:
We raised £60,000; that’s £1,000 per head while every single person going to Peru is putting in £1,000 themselves.
This gave us the budget we needed to get to Viacha, to invest in materials, tools and seeds plus the ability to invest in the local economy and help the charity with their health and education programme in Viacha.
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