January 21 2016

The Trip of a Lifetime

At the end of 2015, Cred Jewellery gave the San Filomena school a grant towards taking the students on a trip. It really was the trip of a lifetime, seeing sights they had read about in school, but never experienced.

Sotrami Fairtrade gold Mining Village PeruLiving high up in the arid landscape of the Andes, over 60km to the nearest village, most of the children had never left their village before. Their water supply is shipped in daily by tanker and such a luxury is used scarcely. Their days are spent with the same community of people, with the rare occurrence  of a visitor announced well in advance. Food at San Filomena is high in carbohydrates & calories, with varieties of food that can withstand a long journey by dirt track.

So to have their eyes opened to the sight of the sea and an abundance of water was a sensory delight to these children. They were able to taste the delicacy of seafood that is a traditional dish among most of Peru, but just not accessible where they live, at such a distance from the sea.

To share their experience with us, and to thank Cred Jewellery director, Alan Frampton, some of the children wrote us beautiful letters. Here is the first letter we received, from Lisbeth.

Thank You Letter from Lisbeth in Peru

Dear Godfather,

I want to tell you this been then most beautiful trip and we went to: Machu Pichu, Ollantaytanbo, Titicaca Lake, the Bolivian Border, Camarra beach and Thermal Waters.
When we went to Machu Pichu there were lots of Llamas, also tons of square rocks and stones, and full of foreigners and tourists.
In the thermal waters, the water was boiling and when in "it was burning". Those waters are good to cure some illness.
In the beach we had fun. We went to Camarra beach and had Ceviche (traditional peruvian dish). Then we went for a swim and the water was salty with waves and strong current. There were loads of crabs, pelicans. It was a very, very beautiful beach full of sand.
I love you for the grant. Look after yourself well Godfather Alan,

Read more letters from students here

So we want to say 'Thank You' for your support of Cred, through which we are able to open up opportunities to communities across the globe.