The Los Angeles chapter of Architecture For Humanity partnered with LALESA, Inc., a Los Angeles based non-profit organization founded by Sandra Burga, to provide design services for a town in the Peruvian Amazon recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2005. Known as the folk music capital of Peru, the city of Lamas has a rich history of indigenous people who speak the Quechua language. Unfortunately, the earthquake destroyed many poorly constructed structures built of mud and has hurt many low income residents. Without resources local children are also losing their sense of culture and ability to speak Quechua. However the city is determined to grow, rebuild, and educate their community. This is where our team is most helpful.
Our mission was to provide a Cultural Center for the City of Lamas to help educate the community and display its diverse culture to the outside world. The city is in need of a flexible building to house educational programs, cultural events, and tourist information. The city has already seen increased visits from "eco-tourists" looking to explore hidden gems such as Macchu Picchu, and expects its tourism industry to expand by double in the next decade. In order for it to recover and grow it must benefit from this increased exposure.
After completing the design in March 2013, the team has now shifted its attention to raising funds and making sure this gets built. We look forward to speaking with anyone that is able to help!
For more information please visit: http://lalesa.org/