Amurtel Peru was started to meet the needs of the people of Paraiso Alto, an impoverished region in Lima, Peru. The area has no running water, sewage system, or access to health facilities. What particularly struck Kristine Richards, the Director of Amurtel Peru, were the needs of women and people with disabilities in the area. Through many years of hard work, Rurapuk and the Machu Picchu Stars projects were born.
- Employment and Empowerment to Women
- Developing the economic, intellectual, and emotional potential of hearing disabled women.
- Production of handmade dolls and puppets
- Hot Lunch Program
Started in 2002, the Rurapuk Mothers programs offers employment and empowerment to 20 women from the local community. The women can work from home, knitting a variety of small finger puppets that are sold to schools and individuals. The puppets have been a great success and have enabled the women to supplement the family income and have hope for their future.
Machu Picchu Stars
In 2000, Amurtel Peru started a project called Machu Picchu Stars. The project (which started with $6, a borrowed sewing machine, and two volunteers) was to make handmade dolls. The volunteers worked very hard designing, producing, and marketing beautiful handmade dolls. Presently, the project has sold over 10,000 dolls and has trained a work force of ten deaf women who earn a fair wage. As opportunities for the project continues to expand, the greatest joy has been to see how the hearing disabled members of the team have grown in self-confidence and self-esteem.
Rurapuk Hot Lunch
The Rurapuk Hot Lunch Program provides hot meals to nutritionally at risk children. The hot lunch program is offered to local children five times a week, and for many, this is their only hot meal of the day.