Neglected children in Peru find a home at Niños del Arco Iris. There, in the Holy Valley of Cusco, they enjoy daily education, medical care and a healthy meal – and therefore also a perspective for the future, a feeling of self-worth and the will to live. Life takes on new meaning, it is no longer just a question of survival.
The estate of 2.7 hectares lies just outside Urubamba, some 70 kilometres north of Cusco, in the middle of the Peruvian Andes at a height of 2980 metres. Urubamba is a town with about 15,000 inhabitants. In the mountains, in the area surrounding this small town, live countless small communities, home to another 51,000 inhabitants.
The day centre forms the heart of this complex. In front of this main building, protected by the Pachamama, lies the big sports ground where the pupils and their teachers spend many pleasurable hours. Spread around this terrain are the schools, the Kuychi house, the bungalows of La Posada las Casitas del Arco Iris, and the family house.