Current situation in Pallccapampa

In the province of Huaytara, and the region of Huancavelica, the community of Pallccapampa can be found along with the  annex of the community of Santa Rosa de Llillinta. Is situated at 4 350 meters above sea level, approximated. The most accessible route to this place is going by truck from the city of Ayacucho, which takes four hours. For a long time, the community of Pallccapampa has suffered in complicated situations, they developed in an area far from hospitals, schools, authorities and other services. This and other factors cause a situation for the community to be very complicated for the people. Eradicating those inconveniences is complicated, but not impossible. Recently, the quality of life for people in Pallccapampa is changing. Like other communities, they lacked electricity, this generated a delay in the educational development of the kids and teens of the area. However the situation has recently changed, the community of Pallccapampa has new and better resources to develop after having benefited with the installation of solar energy and internet system in the area.

It is important to mention that the mother tongue in the community is Quechua. According to Andrea Cárdenas, director and teacher at the Pallccapampa elementary school,approximately 20% of the total population in Pallccapampa communicates using inSpanish, being a requirement to have teachers who are bilingual. With respect to the schools, there are 25 students in total at both schools, distributed in 3 rooms, only one is occupied by all children. It is important to mention that the students must travel to the annex of Santa Rosa de Llillinta for a High School education. A determinant factor in the process of the academic formation is the economic situation of the population, once the children finish middle school, they must go to other communities or cities to complete their studies. This migration requires investment from parents, which is a reason why they decide not to send their children to classes. In consequence, this partially explains the teenage pregnancies and young mothers.

Another example of the lack of economic development is the excess diseases such as anemia among children. Parents have to go twice a month to the neighboring community to buy food that is unfortunately not good quality. For this reason, people often walk for four hours to other neighboring communities. Often, there are “cold snaps” that affect the main source of economic activity for the community: selling alpaca fur. This is recently occurring more often than usual, adversely affecting the community’s main income source.

Light Up The World is aware of the impact generated for the installation of energy in this community, because the future of the new generation can be better. In the following blogs, we will further explore the perspective communit’s, beneficiaries, volunteers and the cultural exchange between them. In addition, the new perspective for young generations in the community with the internet and new resources for the community.