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Peru Develops New Campaign to Assist Flood Victims

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Peru has developed a new campaign to assist flood victims. Now people can send donations immediately by mobile phone through text message.

The campaign is called Telefon and was launched by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on March 24th.

Many of the major mobile service providers have joined the campaign, including Movistar, Entel, Claro, Bitel, Virgen Mobile, and Tuenti. Now people who use of any of these providers can send a text with the letter ´D´ to the number 1400 in order to donate S/.30 to the cause. (more…)

Peru Corners the World Market in Fruit

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Peru has cornered the world market in fruits sales, as fruits exports from Peru are showing continual growth with no signs of slowing down.

The top consumers of Peruvian fruits are the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Of these countries, the United States imports the most fruit from Peru.

Between the top three importers, the top fruit imported differed slightly. While the Netherlands and the United Kingdom preferred the avocado, the top fruit imported from the United States was Peruvian grapes. (more…)

Yunza Tradition Celebrated Across Peru

Wednesday March 29, 2017

The Yunza tradition was celebrated across Peru on March 19th, marking the end of Carnaval for 2017. While the Yunza is done a little differently in each different region, it always involves a tree filled with goodies.

For example, in every Yunza a padrino is always designated with the tasks of providing the tree, as well as decorating it with random items. However, within the different regions, the padrinos are selected in a variety of unique ways.

In Cajamarca, the padrino is always the person who cut down the tree the previous year (more…)

Foreign Aid Assists in Flood Relief Efforts

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Foreign aid has arrived from neighboring countries to help in the flood relief efforts in Peru.

Ecuador was the first country to come to Peru´s aid, sending over a plane full of important supplies to Lima. This donation arrived on Sunday with instructions to distribute the materials to the areas urgently in need.

Colombia has also promised a generous donation of 30 tons of assistance as well as four helicopters to help the victims.

Hashtag Raising Awareness of Flood Devastation

Tuesday March 21, 2017

The hashtag #PrayForPeru is helping to raise awareness of the recent devastating floods in Lima and Northern Peru.

There have been over 40,000 messages of support for the country using this hashtag since it began to trend on Marc 15th. The hashtag is also connecting people with ways to help get involved in the relief efforts.

The floods in Peru have affected over 546,000 people and have resulted in 43 deaths. Additionally, the floods have destroyed vital infrastructure in the affected areas like hospitals, homes, and schools.

NGO Expands Recreational Opportunities and Parks in Lima

Tuesday March 21, 2017

A local NGO is working to expand recreational opportunities and green space in different neighborhoods throughout Lima. The NGO, named ¨Ocupa tu Calle¨, wants to encourage people to get out and enjoy public areas, like parks, to better protect them and build community.

In regards to their mission, coordinator Lucía Nogales has stated, ¨People in Peru are not used to occupying public spaces. And they are not used to taking care of them. This is what we are trying to change.¨

¨Ocupa tu Calle¨ works within certain neighborhoods in Lima (more…)

Study Anticipates Lastest Superfood to Emerge from Peru

Tuesday March 21, 2017

A recent study has found that peppers are slated to be the latest superfood to emerge from Peru. According to a study from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, spicy flavors are becoming more popular worldwide, making the pepper an attractive option for export to global markets.

Another study out of Germany illustrates the properties of peppers that would include them in the superfood category. The study found that peppers are good sources of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, B6, potassium and magnesium and are high in antioxidants. (more…)

Culinary Exchange Set between Peru and Australia

Thursday March 16, 2017

A culinary exchange between the countries of Peru and Australia is set to take place this year. The government of Australia has created the Bilateral Youth Chef Exchange Program (BYCEP), which will allow chefs from the two countries to exchange techniques and ideas by swapping places of work.

Chefs from the Peruvian restaurants Astrid & Gastón and Central will exchange places with chefs from the Australian restaurants Quay and Bentley.

The project manager of BYCEP sees this as a great opportunity not only for cultural exchange (more…)

Peru Among Top Travel Destinations in the World

Thursday March 16, 2017

According to the English newspaper The Telegraph, Peru ranks among the top travel destinations in the world. In fact, The Telegraph ranked Peru as 10th of the 20 destinations listed.

From South America, only two countries made the list, with Peru being one of them. Other countries outside of South American included Canada and India.

Peru was specifically featured for Cusco’s attractiveness to the backpacking crowd.

Additionally, Peru has also been chosen by another UK publication (more…)

Female Entrepreneurs in Peru Look to Alleviate Poverty

Thursday March 16, 2017

Three female entrepreneurs are looking into new ways to help alleviate poverty across Peru through a myriad of unique ventures.

One of these entreprenuers, Vania Masias, is a dancer. Her organization has created schools across Lima for impoverished youth to come and train to become professional dancers. Furthermore, she hopes to change the way professional dancing is perceived in Peruvian culture by demonstrating that the arts as a viable career path.

Another female entrepreneur is Isabel Mendel. (more…)

NGO Strategizes to Preserve Pachacamac Ruins

Friday March 10, 2017

An NGO is strategizing a plan to preserve the Pachacamac ruins, 30 miles outside of the heart of Lima.

The ruins are located in a part of the city that is rapid expanding. As a result, the ruins are threatened by illegal land grabs and vandalism.

In order to combat this, local residents created the NGO Sustainable Preservation Initiative (SPI). SPI works to educate people on the history and importance of the site.

The NGO has also partnered with local women in order (more…)

Peru Places at International Math Competition

Friday March 10, 2017

Peru placed third at the Romanian Master of Mathematics, an international competition for mathematics held in Bucharest, Romania from February 22nd -27th.

Three students represented the country of Peru at the competition: Daniel Rojas Cruz from Huánuco, Diego Lázaro Cusihuamán from Lima, and Daniel Benavides Quispialaya from Junin.

The competition was also overseen by a fellow Peruvian, Jorge Tipe Villanueva, part of the Olympic Peruvian Comission on Math.

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