The Andean Alliance started when co-founders Adam and Aaron partnered with locals Fredy and Ruben to build a school greenhouse to lower malnutrition. This model; bridging local, community-driven ideas to the academic tools of graduate students, is at the heart of the AASD. While to this day we continue collaborating with the same people we did in 2009, because we know long term relationships are a must, our family has grown as well. On the local side, we’re working with 15 communities, government officials at every level, and local leaders like the Cusiyupanquis to build greenhouses, train students and farmers, and explore other community challenges and ideas.
We also continually seek the brain and brawn of students and faculty in the U.S. and beyond. Just as community involvement is a must, from the first brick laid to the last seed planted, our global partnerships continue to be critical to the success of our community projects. The long-term, cross-cultural relationships begun nearly 10 years ago have deepened and evolved into a mutually beneficial Experiential Learning Program connecting western academia with the highlands of Peru.
So how do we actually increase nutrition and economic opportunity in Andean communities? Check out how!