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Residence for students

San Sebastiàn de Quera is a village not far from Huanuco, and the only location with secondary education facilities. Students from nearby villages are forced to walk three or four hours every morning to get to the College, making it impossbile to attend secondary school.

To help boost further education in the area, Senzaconfini has co-funded the building of a college for secondary schooling with boarding facilities, giving both girls and boys the chance of dignified living and study conditions.

2Support in educating and feeding Quera's children.

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This project is funded by Chaine de Rotisseurs - the global association for gastronomy, and located in the Centre Poblato Minore of San Sebastian de Quera.

This area's population is very poor, in some cases with incomes reaching absolute poverty levels. San Sebastián de Quera is the only town with a secondary school: the other villages have only primary schools, with no prospects of this changing in the near future. This means that children not living locally cannot attend secondary school due to the distance from Quera (4 or 5 hours walking each way from home to school) as their economic situation does not permit use of what little transport is available. 

To give these children the chance of attending school, Senzaconfini paticipated in the building of a college to house the poorer students who live far from the school. 

The objective of this project was to complete building the college with kitchens so the students would be properly fed, at the same time offering training as cooks and kitchen staff and nutrition. 
To reach these objectives, cooking and nutrition courses were offered to the parents of
these students and the women of Quera. This has given them the basic knowledge on nutritional values, how to combine them and prepare different dishes with nutritious ingredients so their children can grow healthily.

Lessons on nutrition and food hygiene have also been organized in class for the students themselves. 

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Creating Women's Cloth weaving Cooperatives and Looms

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In San Sebastian de Quera, Senzaconfini has not just worked with school children, but broadened its help to include the employment problems of the local population. We helped local women form cloth making cooperatives and organized training courses, as well as supplying looms and the materials required for these courses. 
Quera is one of the poorest rural areas of Peru, whose subsistence economy is based solely on non mechanized agriculture and sheep farming and wool making. Our intent was to support this latter activity by creating micro cooperatives of mainly women, who learnt how to weave and make cloth, or extended their knowledge in this field, in order to make competitive products that can be sold locally and abroad. 

4Women's Cooperatives for sheep herding and supply of sheep. 

This microproject is complementary to the above weaving courses by providing sheep directly to these cooperatives in order to guarantee an adequate and affordable supply of primary materials for cloth making activities.
Knowing the extreme poverty of this area, Senzaconfini decided to tackle the problem at source to create a virtuous cycle by giving sheep to these cooperatives for breeding, thus ensuring that they would not run out of wool to weave and produce cloth. 
Giving the sheep proved to be as important as supplying looms for these campesinos women, who have since become professionals and have become established over time.
Our project was threefold:

- Train skilled weavers
- Produce "mante" of high quality wool cloth
- Form the basis of commercial production.

Last, but by no means least, the sheep ensure a supply of healthy milk for the children of the families who are part of these cooperatives, providing an important part of a staple diet.

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