The Amantani Approach
While much of western thought is concerned with large scale solutions and grand designs we see this as a departure from the natural efficiency that comes from ‘smallness’, small communities, small solutions and the sum of many small changes. We believe in the individual and in creating tailored solutions for specific problems.
We have a strong commitment to financial sustainability within all our projects. This is also a fundamental part of our ‘learning by doing’ education. As young people develop an attitude of self-sufficiency, they learn to take care of themselves and ultimately their families.
We create a mutual and reciprocal relationship with our beneficiaries. Whilst providing material resources, we also create spaces in which people in Peru, who are often rich in other ways, can offer something back. This process of exchange is very close to the Andean principle of reciprocation (‘ayni’) and is central to everything we do.
We act as a facilitator for locally-led problem solving, using location-specific knowledge to create location-specific solutions. The parents have been pivotal in the establishment of the boarding houses and continue to play a lead role in decision making and in the maintenance of the boarding houses' infrastructure.
We Tell the Good News...
We don’t give a one-sided view of the communities where we work in order to help our fundraising. We pride ourselves on communicating the good bits because it isn’t all doom and gloom! Yes, there are problems and sad stories but there is also a huge amount that we can learn from these people!