“Supporting and assisting intercultural community service”
Providing aid and development to the people of Chirimoto, Peru.
The new exterior of the Hummingbird House, here showing the overhangs for the outdoor library, meeting spaces and it shows well the new third floor classroom.
The Hummingbird House from across the main plaza. Note the new classroom on the new third floor and wonderful architectural treatment of the front of the building.
The second floor library stack area of the renovated Hummingbird House. Note the distinct lak of shelves, books and furniture. We are working now to find ways to fund those elements.
The new Hummingbird House interior, showing the clean finish to the walls and ceilings.
The main plaza was also renovated in conjunction with, but not as a part of, our project. This shot shows the new gazebo in the town square, which is very typical of this part of the world.
Access to education is given high priority in our development programs. An initiative was started in Chirimoto for the rebuilding of new computer laboratory; however, funding from the town only covered the building itself. In order to maintain inertia of this vital project, we approached Wentworth Institute of Technology for a donation of 25 refurbished laptops. These computers were used by WIT students for a short period of time and would otherwise be sold. This generous gift will allow the initiative to continue. Now that the laptops are in Chirimoto, technical support will be provided to the school faculty allowing for maximum benefit to students using the laboratory. Some of the laptops will also be maintained at the new Library for community access to the internet as soon as that internet connection can be established.
Another key factor in development is education and literacy. Built by the community and set up by Caitlin Rolston, a library Science major from Hunter College in New York, the Bookmobile is home to hundreds of books for loan to elementary school children who have no other access to reading materials. In four schools visited prior to setting up the bookmobile, exactly 3 books were found; they were all in one place, they were all the same title, and they were all unread textbooks. Generous donations from the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Foundation, in Loveland, Colorado, private donors, and former residents of Chirimoto have brought this dream to fruition. We are continuing to gather reading and educational materials to ensure a diverse and up to date collection.
Chirimoto Development Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization conducting humanitarian efforts for the relief of poverty in Chirimoto, Limabamba, Totora and Milpuc, Peru, and their surrounding areas.
It’s simple – we make things happen. When we see a problem, we pool our resources to find a solution. We are engineers, architects, educators, and students, prepared to make a difference in a region of the world that is in need of help.
The Chirimoto Development Project is continually expanding to conquer new challenges. It is our belief that every Friend of Chirimoto helps us form a connection that will ultimately bring us closer to our goals.