On the 7th of December we had the opportunity to visit Ccorca, Peru to attend a Talent Quest put on by the village for the children of the area with the goal of providing an opportunity for the children to express themselves through song, poetry, crafts and photography.
Now it was time to hit the Talent quest. We arrived and the local towns people were piling in on packed trucks and anything else that moved faster than their own feet. There was everything from young girls holding small lambs, to shaggy dogs and of course the locals in their stunning outfits. We visited the Amantani stands and couldn’t believe the quality of the products the children had made, with everything from candles to bracelets to Christmas cards. We both went about doing our Christmas shopping while simultaneously donating to a great cause. Unfortunately only an hour in to the song and poetry contest the skies went from blue to grey and it started pouring rain. This rain then quickly turned into hail and everybody ran for cover. The rain didn’t let up for about two hours but despite the cold and damp the smiles kept coming and nobody seemed phased in the slightest. When the skies finally cleared the talent quest started up as though nothing had happened.
It was an incredibly inspiring day and we would like to thank all the Amantani team that were so generous with their time. We have plans for a collaboration with Amantani and will keep you all posted once things are finalized. Part of the reason for the trip was to get a deeper insight into their philosophy and way of working. Amantani is overflowing with creative freedom in our eyes which is why we want to team up with them and their wonderful children in the near future. We believe in their cause and want to help them achieve their goals.