Early last year, heavy rain, flooding and mud slides caused loss of life and devastation to many communities in Peru, including several in the Sacred Valley near famous Machu Picchu. One of the tragic casualties of the floods was the Intrepid Foundation supported Wiñaypaq school at Taray – the classrooms, kitchen, fish farm, workshops and teacher’s room were all left in ruins.
Established in 2005, this school provided free primary education in Quechua and Spanish to needy local children in a disadvantaged rural area. The great news fresh in, is that a new school has almost reached completion. Waltraud Stolben, the school’s founder, was absolutely determined that there be minimal disruption to the children’s education, so while their classes continued at a temporary location, new buildings were built with support from many Intrepid traveller donors.
Sometimes we scour the world to find out favourite spots, but as Intrepid Express reader Annaleise Byrd reflects, one of the best places she knows was close to home in Queensland, Australia…
“Bundaberg, affectionately known as “Bundy” by the locals, is sunny, friendly and laid-back. I lived there for four years and have many happy memories of barbeques, bonfires, beach sports, the Air Show, and the legendary ginger beer. The only hill in the whole area is “The Hummock”, an extinct volcano from the top of which there is a beautiful view of the surrounding farms, a smattering of small communities, and the sparkling Queensland coastline.