Our current objective is building homes for families enduring dreadful living conditions in one of Peru's poorest cities. Manchay, Peru is a Lima, shanty-town suburb of 60,000 people. Approximately 35% of the inhabitants do not have plumbing or piped-in water. Water is delivered by trucks to neighborhood tanks or individually owned barrels.
Manchay was first populated by refugees from the Andes highlands fleeing a ruthless political terrorist group called The Shining Path that was prevalent in Peru in the 1970s and 1980s. In Quechua, the indigenous language of Peru, Manchay means "place of fear".
Aided by Padre Jose Chuquillanqi Yamamoto, a spiritual leader and community activist along with his essential support team, 81 homes have been built between 2006 and 2019 and bestowed to families in Manchay at absolutely no cost to them; their only requirement is that they must own the land.
The homes are generally 16' x 20' or 20' x 24' depending on the size of the property. They are made from 4' x 8' OSB panels with a wood veneer on both sides. The walls are painted, bolted together and anchored to a cement floor. The homes are furnished with beds and bedding for every family member; as well as a four burner cook stove with a propane gas tank, a kitchen cabinet with a work table, a dining table and enough chairs, desk tables and chest of drawers to accomodate every member of the family.
Manchay is an extremely dry and barren landscape with very little or no rain.
It is located in a narow valley one hour southeast of Lima.