Many might consider Peru a third-world country – biggest clues being the high rate of crime and poverty and low standard of education.
Assuming that those are issues, who’s to say methods we’d employ would be effective in Peru, even if they are proven to work well for us? Does Peru need help in the first place?
Ultimately the meaning of ‘third-world country’ is a less clear cut than we’d like to believe. Like Hans Rosling shows, living conditions can vary accross a country. Although wealth does not flow much further than the capital Lima, Peru is considered to be a developing country and could reach ‘first-world status’ by 2027 if they sustain an annual economic growth rate of 6%.
This doesn’t suggest that it would be better to not help at all, but we don’t be an overbearing parent. One approach would be to ask a person with real experience in Peru’s opinion on what’s wrong with Peru.
But working with my passion and the strengths of the country, Peru has an exeptionally strong textile tradition which could be supported to distribute some wealth into the rural communities. Especially for tourists wanting souvenirs, awareness about sourcing responsibly and buying from fairtrade retailers, like threadsofperu, are small precautions that help to maintain the independence of the Peruvian people.
But remember my post about graffiti? Well Decertor and his artist friends use their talents to raise awareness about real issues in Peru through a street art festivals.
Check it out:
Smart travellers get to know the real issues of a culture and understand the best way to help needs to be best in the community’s perspective, not theirs! (they also use charity funds honestly)